“Three American astronauts Wednesday were blasted away from the tight embrace of the gravity of mother Earth into the strange environment of space in a mission which will, for the first time, leave the footprints of man on the sands of another world.”

If you had a spare dime on Thursday, July 17, 1969, you could have read those words by staff writer Joel Kirkpatrick on the front page of The Galveston Daily News. Kirkpatrick, along with Daily News photographer Travis Burgess, was reporting Wednesday, July 16, 1969, from Cape Kennedy on the historic NASA Apollo 11 mission, which sent Neil A. Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” E. Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins on a trip with destiny, or as Kirkpatrick would write three paragraphs later, Apollo 11 “will echo down through all the years of mankind.”

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Bailey Jones

Little did KMart realize that Galveston's population had peaked and was beginning its long slow decline.

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