Tehran 1969: Apollo 11 Astronauts

Tehran 1969: Apollo 11 Astronauts
by Sepehr

This is a photo of the three Apollo 11 Astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins visiting Tehran during their worldwide goodwill tour after they returned to Earth from the moon.

I was an avid astronomy buff and loved everything related to space, astronomy, and space travel. When the astronauts decided to visit the Iranian Crown Jewels display at the Central Bank (Bank Markazi) since my dad worked there, I got a chance to visit with them and someone took this picture of them with me at the age of 12.

They even signed a unique picture of themselves for me which would be worth something today if I had not left it sitting in the window for a few months in direct sunlight and since they had used magic markers, only a trace of their autographs remain.

Neil Armstrong was my hero growing up, and so my dad nudged me towards him to take another photo with him; however, I inadvertently bumped into him instead and he gave me the meanest look I can remember as to say "kid get out of my way". I was quite disappointed as most people are when they meet their heroes. Buzz Aldrin was fun though. With all the recent rememberance and nostalgia about the flight 40 years ago, this photo brought back memories from the good old days in Tehran.


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I forgot to write that when I saw Neil Armstrong in person in 1969 he looked like he had aged 50 years from his photos before the moon trip, which made me think space travel had something to do with rapid aging; however, Buzz Aldrin looked really young in comparison, so I don't know if it had to do with being the first human ever setting foot on the moon or not.

ps. another of my favorite astronauts of course is our own Iranian Anousheh Ansari, I am biased since she took our music up in space (:



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by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks Sepehr. I remember there was a public exhibition of the moon rover and photographs from the space mission in my hometown, Abadan, at the National Iranian Oil Company's Annex Building. I even remember, vaguely, watching the moon landing live on TV with my father. It was thrilling. Wonderful achievements like these made us admire the U.S.

If only U.S. foreign policy could lose its militaristic aspect...


مدولِ ِ ماه نشين و عمه جون ماه جبين


Thanks for sharing. A wonderful picture and story

The moon landing was a huge story in Iran and it was carried live on TV. There were also lots of pictures in the evening papers. Everywhere you looked there was a picture of the Moon Landing Module

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I don't believe that anyone in Iran knew what a module was. But, it became part of the vocabulary

Mr. Roshan Zadeh was the TV announcer who was covering the event and translating what Walter Cronkite was saying. There was a lot of talk about the Moon Landing Module

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We had one of our neighbors at our house watching the event and he brought along his little daughter. The little girl did not quite understand what all the excitement was about. She sat quietly in front of TV and tried to make sense of it. Finally, she turned to his father and asked

بابا چرا تو تلويزيون همش از عمه جون ماه جبين ميگن



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Buzz Aldrin was fun though.

Good thing you didn't call him a coward and a liar!


I agree with you he seems like a fun guy, though! I always try to catch him on the news whenever he is making the rounds. His optimism and his advocacy for space programs is infectious, especially for a sci-fi fan like me :)


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That is a great picture and a lovely personal story.

You were very fortunate to have met these men all at once. Not many people can say that. 

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WOW ... TASHAKOR ! ;0)

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Wonderful piece of history.

Thank's Sepehr Jaan. This is A Gem particularly with the Gems on that superb Globe too ;0)

Thank you for sharing this with us on the 40th anniversary indeed.

I was not old enough to remember the landing but my parents told me they did watch it on Iranian TV and everyone was so excited.

Wonderful photo again.