By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 20, 2020) – In Issue 31 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps feature lands us on the moon

Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. (Stock Photos) 

The Eagle has Landed.

Fifty-one years ago man landed for the first time on another celestial body – the moon. 

Four days after lift-off on top the most powerful rocket ever built, the Saturn V, Neil Armstrong stepped on the surface of the moon, and uttered those famous words . . .  Do you remember?

Not bad for the aerospace engineer (and naval aviator and test pilot) from Wapakoneta, Ohio. 

Neil and Buzz Aldrin spent a day on the moon collecting samples and posing for photo ops.  Together with the third astronaut, Michael Collins, they returned to Earth on July 24.

Then they spent 21 days in quarantine after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.   Fourteen days for Covid-19 seems like a breeze…

Did you see the live TV broadcast of the moon landing?  Or, did your parents see it?

In honor of celestial bodies, here is a chart of the northern skies by Cellarius from 1661, showing the constellations as the Greeks have seen them. 

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Click here to visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.

Chart of the northern skies by Cellarius from 1661 (Credit Steve Kovacs)