top story Front Pages as it happened: Gallery of The Telegraph's front pages from the Apollo 11 moon landing By TODD VON KAMPEN firstname.lastname@example.org Jul 19, 2019 Jul 19, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Telegraph 7-16-69.jpg Like most newspapers around the nation and the world, The Telegraph made the Apollo 11 launch its lead story on July 16, 1969. Telegraph 7-17-69.jpg The Telegraph’s lead headline on July 17, 1969, the second day of Apollo 11’s mission, also referred to the Soviet Union’s unmanned Luna 15 spacecraft flying toward the moon at the same time. Despite the best hopes of Soviet leaders — who only recently had been forced to surrender in sending cosmonauts to the moon — Luna would crash into the lunar surface. Telegraph 7-18-69.jpg The tension of America’s imminent brush with history shows on The Telegraph’s front page of July 18, 1969. Back home, the newspaper’s front page carried a story on early planning that resulted in the 1975 merger of North Platte’s two hospitals into Great Plains Health. Telegraph 7-19-69.jpg Until the late 1970s, The Telegraph published on weekday afternoons and produced a single weekend edition on Saturdays. The July 19, 1969, front page was the paper’s last before Neil Armstrong took his “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Telegraph 7-21-69 front page.jpg By the time The Telegraph next published on July 21, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin had already walked on the moon and were on their way back to rejoin command module pilot Michael Collins in lunar orbit. Telegraph 7-21-69 special 2nd front page.jpg Befitting the immensity of humanity’s first landing on another heavenly body, The Telegraph led its second July 21 section with a “second front page” offering more national coverage of the Apollo 11 landing. Telegraph 7-22-69.jpg With Apollo 11 on its way back to Earth, other national news events grew in prominence on The Telegraph’s front page. The July 22, 1969, issue featured the latest on U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy’s July 18 motor vehicle accident on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island. It killed 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, once an aide to the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and haunted the youngest Kennedy brother’s political career for the rest of his life. Telegraph 7-23-69.jpg The July 23, 1969, front page of The Telegraph set the stage for Apollo 11’s imminent return. A story at the bottom of the page updated plans to start construction for today’s Platte River Mall — known for decades simply as “The Mall.” Telegraph 7-24-69.jpg Apollo 11’s Pacific splashdown wrapped up The Telegraph’s front-page coverage of the first lunar landing mission on July 24, 1969. Tags Apollo 11 Moon Landing North Platte Telegraph Neil Armstrong More information Apollo 11 lands, in the words of our ‘old editor’Column: 50 years later, still the final frontierA community reacts to Apollo 11 landing Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Most Popular Accident closes part of Highway 83 for about 45 minutes Torres, Brett Allen Nearly normal holiday at Lake McConaughy Hyde, Bonnie Braman, Angela (Silos) promotion Event Calendar Upcoming Events in North Platte and Surrounding Communities promotion E-Edition View the The North Platte Telegraph E-Edition Contests & Events Salute to Healthcare Heroes Ask A Cop Do you have a question for our local law enforcement? Submit your question today and keep a look out for our new column Ask A Cop.