I wrote a series of posts about Apollo 11 on the 40th anniversary of the mission back in 2009. It’s a cool story. So here it is again, day by day, using only pictures I could confirm were taken on the day in question…

Originally written on July 13th, 2009…

Buzz, Neil, and Mike at the last pre-flight press conference. The astronauts were already in medical quarantine (sneezing in zero-G is just… no… bad… no… the goo goes in every direction.)


In order to keep nasty germs away from the astronauts, the press conference was held in another building, and the reporters asked their questions remotely.

An additional bid to prevent serious infection with a potentially deadly pathogen would happen two days later when NASA administrators cancelled a planned launch-eve dinner with President Nixon.