Fifty years ago today, July 21, 1969, the front page of the Middletown Journal became a keepsake. Its banner headline read:
“Moon Men Head For Vital Link-Up – Lunar Walk Unforgettable Odyssey”
The previous day the “Eagle,” an American Space vehicle (“lunar module” in astronaut-speak) had departed the command module “Columbia,” to transport the first human beings to the Moon.
Several hours later a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, became the first person to step foot upon the lunar surface.
Neil A. Armstrong, who as a teenager had learned to fly in an Aeronca airplane manufactured in Middletown, Ohio, “planted his white left boot in the moon’s gray dust” and proclaimed:
‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind...’”
His words became history.