Remembering the Moon landing
ON July 21, 1969, at 12.56pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, the world watched in wonder as Neil Armstrong took his first legendary steps on the surface of the Moon.
An estimated 600 million people worldwide tuned into Apollo 11’s crew successfully making the first manned landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility from their homes, schools or workplace.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of mankind’s giant leap, several Portland and Heywood community members reflected on the majestic moment.
Gorae’s Ros Alexander was a student at Portland High School at the time and vividly remembers the day.
“I still remember sitting on the floor in the hall of Portland High School, gathered around a little black and white TV,” Ms Alexander said.
“All the kids that lived in town were allowed to go home, but the kids who caught the bus stayed back to watch the moon landing at school.
“I was just in awe of the whole thing; I was just thinking “we put a man on the moon!”