Eight years after President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to send U.S. astronauts to the moon, the crew of Apollo 11 climbed down the ladder of the Eagle, the lunar module, to the moon’s surface. Both Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., discovered that being on the moon and moving in one-sixth gravity was an exhilarating experience. Aldrin described himself as “buoyant and full of goose pimples.” Because the moon’s surface is fine and powdery, both Aldrin and Armstrong were able to leave clear footprints, which Armstrong recorded in several photographs.

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Neil A. Armstrong, American, 1930–2012
Dennis Ivy, American, born 1953
Mission: Apollo-Saturn 11, July 16–24, 1969
This mission achieved the first landing on the Moon. The picture depicts Neil Armstrong’s boot and the print left after the first step on the lunar surface. The crew members were Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins.
from the portfolio NASA: A Quarter Century of Space Exploration
July 16–24, 1969, printed 1991
Dye imbibition print
Image: 16 × 16 5/16 in. (40.7 × 41.4 cm) Sheet: 18 7/8 × 18 1/8 in. (48 × 46 cm) Mat: 26 × 21 15/16 in. (66 × 55.8 cm)
Credit Line

The Target Collection of American Photography, museum purchase funded by Target Stores

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Robert Mann Gallery, New York]; purchased by MFAH, 1993.