“Reaching for a dream, America’s Apollo 11 astronauts soared into earth orbit today and passed the vital first milestone of the voyage of the ages, an attempt to land men on the moon,” the Journal article began.
“Civilian commander Neil A. Armstrong, Air Force Col. Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Collins started the journey on the awesome power of a Saturn 5 super-rocket that thundered from Cape Kennedy at 9:32 a.m. EDT with a roar heard round the globe...”
The article reported that Armstrong, a Wapakoneta, Ohio, native, and “Buzz” Aldrin were tasked to “detach a lunar module and land on the lunar surface, specifically a site known as the Sea of Tranquility.”
Despite having a name that invoked calm and quiet, the landing area would soon become the nexus of the most famous and spectacular human endeavor ever recorded. It would help fulfill:
"... a centuries-old dream by walking on and exploring the lunar landscape.”
Elsewhere in the same edition Journal Staff Writer Fred Sennet reported on the contributions made to the Apollo mission by Middletown companies Aeronca Inc. and Armco Steel.
“Emotions were riding high at Aeronca, Inc. today,” Sennet’s article began. “After all, it isn’t every day you help send a man to the moon.”