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A Hero’s Welcome for the Astronauts of Apollo 11

After Apollo 11 astronauts Edward “Buzz” Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins  safely returned to Earth following their successful mission to the surface of the Moon, they spent several weeks in quarantine, and were finally greeted with ticker tape parades and celebrations in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles on August 13, 1969.

Moonwalk One, ca. 1970

From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

via The Unwritten Record » Stepping Stones to the Moon

Max Yasgur addressing the crowd 44 years ago today. 

Martin Scorses returning the peace sign in the bottom left.

"This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place, and I think you people have proven something to the world: that a half a million kids can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music, and I God bless you for it!"

The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album cover was photographed 45 years ago today, 8 August! These are the six frames snapped during the roughly 15 minute photo session by photographer Iain Macmillan, courtesy of Snap Galleries.

Friday, 8 August 1969: “At 11.35 [GMT], with photographer Iain Macmillan balanced up a step-ladder in the middle of Abbey Road, John, Ringo, Paul and George strode across the zebra (pedestrian) crossing just outside the studio gates while Macmillan snapped away. The Beatles crossed the road several times while he took six quick shots, a friendly policeman obligingly holding up traffic. A while later, Paul studied the transparencies with a magnifying glass and picked the best of the six for the sleeve of Abbey Road.” - The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn