The official emblem of the first human lunar landing mission, 1969

Space Mission
Apollo 11, 1969

NASA / Unidentified Photographer

Photo Description
Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in), with “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on the verso, numbered “NASA S-69- 34875” (NASA MSC) in red in top margin

The emblem depicts an eagle descending toward the lunar surface with an olive branch, symbolizing America’s peaceful mission in space.

“We felt Apollo 11 was no ordinary flight, and we wanted no ordinary design.”
Michael Collins (from his 1974 book Carrying the Fire)