On this day in 1969, three Earthlings were launched into space with the intention of landing on The Moon. From a BBC report of the time:
On board are three astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. All have already flown in space during the Gemini manned space missions, and have been intensively training as a team for many months.
They carry with them goodwill messages from the heads of the member states of the United Nations and their flags.
Let’s hope the goodwill messages were well received by the Moonies. (or would that be Moonlings???)