Aside from the historic "Man on the Moon" photograph taken by Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 spaceflight mission brought home another fascinating photograph: Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin's snap of his boot print on the lunar soil. Find out more about the iconic shot in this installment of Influential Photographs!
The Man on the Moon photograph by Neil Armstrong became one of the best known images from the 1969 Apollo 11 Mission, but it’s not the only fascinating photo from the historic voyage to the moon. Along with Armstrong’s snap of Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin standing on the moon, Aldrin’s own photo of his footprint on the lunar surface became one of the most iconic photos from the 1960s.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, followed shortly by Buzz Aldrin. They collected rock and soil samples, performed simple tests, and took photos around the landing site. One of them was the photo above, taken for study of lunar soil properties and the effects of pressure on the surface. Because there is no wind to blow away their footprints, Man’s first footprints on the Moon will remain for a million years.
Our intention with the Influential Photographs columns is not to glorify or demean the subject of the photo. Our intention with this column is to highlight the most influential analogue photographs of history. The photographs we feature are considered icons, for their composition, subject matter, or avant-garde artistic value.