The United States space agency NASA achieved the first manned landing on Earth’s Moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.
Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the launch of that mission – July 16, 1969.
The mission was manned by astonauts Neil Armstrong – the first man to walk the moon, Michael Collins, and Edwin A. “Buzz” Aldrin – the second man to walk on the moon.
On the 40th anniversary of its launch, Rabbi Zvi Konikov, Director of Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts, met with the sole remaining astronaut from the Apollo 11 Lunar Launch, Buzz Aldrin.
Rabbi Konikov and Aldrin exchanged thoughts on the monthly Jewish custom of the sanctification of the moon, and Aldrin repeated the hebrew words “Kiddush Levana.”
Buzz Aldrin met Rabbi Konikov for the first time after the Columbia accident before a live Phil Donahue show held on the Space Coast as a memorial for Ilan Ramon and the other six Columbia astronauts.