Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Moon landing clippings, Part 3

On July 19, 1969 — the eve of the Apollo 11 moon landing — the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a fun story on the bottom of A1 about festivities in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. A Monday parade was scheduled to conclude at the township park and, according to the article, "at that time an 'astronaut' (from a helicopter hovering overhead) will land in the 'Sea of Tranquillity' (the park)."

The story also makes mention of another Pennsylvania municipality with a nomenclature relation to the moon mission: Apollo borough. According to the Wikipedia page about Apollo: "At the time of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo, Pennsylvania, was the only place in the world named Apollo. Coincidentally, it is in Armstrong County, and the name of the first astronaut to walk on the moon was Neil Armstrong. On the day of the moon landing, members of the Apollo fire department dressed as astronauts and drove to nearby Moon Township, where they planted a flag and returned with some 'Moon Soil.'"1

Finally, separate Associated Press coverage of the Moon Township festivities ends with this kicker about another celestial Pennsylvania municipality: "Meanwhile, residents of nearby Mars, Pa., are awaiting future space flights."2

Here's the full Post-Gazette article...

1. Fun fact: "Apollo, PA" is a palindrome.
2. Maybe folks can fly to Mars in the Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, UFO.

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