The Apollo 11 mission made made the 384,403km trip as part of the 'space race' with the USSR, and successfully touched down on 20 July 1969, at 20:17 UTC, making Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first humans to land on the moon. Around 3.5 hours later, stepping on to the lunar surface, Armstrong said:
"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
Ordnance Survey have created this map of the moon using height data made available by NASA, captured by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) and the Kagyuga Terrain Camera and shaded to show the heights. The map covers a large section of the near surface of the moon, centred on the Apollo 11 landing site at the edge of Mare Tranquillitatis (Sea of Tranquillity). Larger, named craters are shown, along with the landing site itself - the crater names have been taken from the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature. The area covered is 1350km by 1000km.
It's available as a folded map, a rolled poster, a stretched canvas (unframed), a framed canvas and a glazed, framed version. Choose:
- 'Folded' for the folded map with cover showing Neil Armstrong
- 'Unframed' for the flat poster option
- 'Canvas mounted' for the frameless canvas print
- 'Canvas framed' for the framed canvas option
- 'Light frame' for the framed and glazed paper version with light oak frame
Canvas and framed options will take an extra 7-10 days to prepare before delivery, as they are hand-made to order. They will be delivered by courier.
If you are planning a trip to the moon, you will probably be using a digital navigation system (but not GPS). We always recommend bringing a paper map as a backup.
Top image from NASA: Buzz Aldrin on the Surface of the Moon with the Apollo 11 Lander in the background. Taken by Neil Armstrong, open source image.