Photographs of the past give us a glimpse into the everyday lives of our ancestors. The human experience, for them, was vastly different than ours, yet they were convinced they were living in a marvelously modern era. The photos in this collection are a window into yesteryear and help us to understand the complexity of life in days-gone-by.
Pope Paul VI watching the Apollo 11 landing, July 20, 1969.
The whole world watched the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, including Pope Paul VI, who watched the televised landing from the Vatican. In a message to the three astronauts, the Pope referred to the men as the “conquerors of the moon, pale lamp of our nights and dreams.” He also told the three…Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong…”Man has a natural urge to explore the unknown, to known the unknown; yet man also has a fear of the unknown. Your bravery has transcended fear, and through your intrepid adventure, man has taken another step toward knowing more of the universe.”