“A step toward immortality.”

—Wernher Von Braun, chief architect of the Apollo Saturn project (Thomas, pg. 179)

LIFE, 11 August 1969, back cover

After he first photographed the untouched lunar soil, Buzz Aldrin captured the image of his footprint in it. The photograph has come to be regarded as iconic of space exploration.

Like the haunting footprints left in caves during the ice age, this impression of Buzz Aldrin’s boot in the fine lunar dust is expected to endure thousands of years into the future, carrying the same message: ‘We were here’. (Reynolds, pg. 260)

National Geographic, December 1969, ppg. 736-737


"Most iconic is the mark of a boot on a surface unlike any found at home. Not a rocket, dazzling in its technology and power; not some beautiful, distant nebula; but a simple sign of man’s arrival on a surface beyond the Earth. Evidence that we have walked further. A step into that magnificent desolation.”

—Buzz Aldrin (Foreword, Space the first 50 years, Mitchell Beazley, Octopus Publishing Group, London, 2007)