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Postcards from Iowa #12

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, July 20, 1969 – Apollo 11. Photo credit: Neil Armstrong.

Reverse side: Cumquat Publishing Co. P.O. Box 4932, St. Louis, MO 63108

When considering this photo the isolation stands out. Besides Michael Collins orbiting the moon while waiting for their return, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were alone. The sense of isolation is profound.

They were trained to deal with the mission and by all accounts did well. It was a unique moment in history, one in which many Americans took pride.

I witnessed what I could on television when it happened or on replay. I remember grainy images, a reality that seemed surreal.

It is a great photograph. One I’ll think about all day.

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