Armstrong’s Moon

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon died on Saturday. He was one of the very few, who could have a crater legally named after him during his lifetime.

Vladislav Shevchenko, former Chairman of the Lunar Task Group of the IAU’s  Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature remembers:  “I met him on COSPAR meeting one year after the Apollo 11 mission, in 1970.  He visited the Moscow State University and signed on the lunar globe prepared by Sternberg Institute. Neil’s signature is on Mare Tranquillitatis, near the crater Armstrong. The dates mean the day of landing on the Moon and day of visit to Moscow University.”

Here are the historic images of a historic era.

Neil Armstrong signing the Lunar Globe of Sternberg Astronomical Institute in Moscow. Photo by Vladislav Shevchenko
Neil Armstrong’s signature on the Lunar Globe of Sternberg Astronomical Institute. Photo by Vladislav Shevchenko

Photos courtesy Vladislav Shevchenko, used with permission.

The same globe but with cyrillic nomenclature can be seen here. The virtual 3D version is here.


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