Fantastic 1969 photograph of the lunar surface from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, in orbit above the moon and preparing to land at site 2.
The verso includes the text of the NASA press release to accompany the image:
Describe this photograph: The approach to Apollo landing Site 2 is seen in this photograph taken from the Apollo 11 lunar Module in lunar orbit. When this picture was made, the LM was still docked to the Command and Service Modules. Site 2 is located in the center near the edge of darkness. The crater Maakelyne is the large one at lower right. Hypatia Rille (U.S. 1) is at upper left center, with the crater Moltke just to the right (north) of it. Sidewinder Rille and Diamond- [text missing] the picture. This view of southwestern Sea of Tranquility looks generally west.
The Apollo 11 mission, launched on July 16, 1969, was a historic and groundbreaking spaceflight that marked the first time humans set foot on the moon. Led by commander Neil A. Armstrong, lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and command module pilot Michael Collins, the mission achieved the ambitious goal set by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin spent over two hours exploring the lunar surface, collecting samples, and conducting experiments, while Collins orbited above in the command module. Armstrong's famous words, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," encapsulate the monumental impact of the Apollo 11 mission on human history, as it demonstrated the incredible achievements made possible through scientific innovation, collaboration, and determination.