In July of 1969 I returned from a one-year tour in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War just in time to see Neil armstrong and Edwin Aldrin land on the moon.  I took 72 photos of the event with a Yashica Electro 35 camera of the images on my parents early model Motorola color TV.   For many years I assumed the slides of the landing and return to earth to have been lost, but I recently found them mixed with other slides.  I scanned them and have recorded them to a CD.  Shown below are some of those photos.  They are probably pretty rare as I doubt that many individuals, if any, thought to take still photos off their TV as the event took place.

Path of Lunar Module                                                   15 minutes to landing

2000 feet to go                                                             18 seconds to touchdown

The Eagle has Landed!  4:17 p.m. 20 July 1969          Photos from camera on Lunar Module leg

Neil Armstrong descends to the moon’s surface  11:56 p.m. 20 July, 1969
"That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Surface of the moon                                                     Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin joins Armstrong on the moon

The American flag is placed on the moon                    President Nixon speaks with the astronauts

CBS broadcasters

                                                                                     Mission control at Houston, Texas

Helmet reflection of earth and moon’s surface             Inside the Lunar Module

Earth as seen from the moon                                        Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon

Simulation of reentry vehicle                                        Crew of the U.S.S. Hornet

Recovery helicopter over the space capsule                 Space capsule with flotation gear

U.S.S. Hornet Recovery helicopter                              Apollo 11 crew hoisted aboard

Recovery helicopter returns to the U.S.S. Hornet        Houston Mission Control

Helicopter being towed to parking spot                       Decals on Hornet helicopter for 3 other recoveries

Crew departing helicopter                                            Crew welcomed aboard the U.S.S. Hornet

Crew entering Mobile Decontamination Facility          The crew’s home until August 10th