Maps are indispensable tools for a traveler who requires help with directions. However, an Arizona Illustrated Map can be interesting piece of conversation inside the boardroom or lobby of an office. An illustrated map can easily elicit an emotional response from a viewer because it has been created with attention to architectural detail while enhancing prominent parts of the landscape.
At a lunar landing in Flagstaff, Arizona, Neil Armstrong and other astronauts underwent critical training before the historic moonwalk on July 20, 1969. The supernatural geography of the area resembled the “magnificent desolation” of the moon’s surface.
Neil Armstrong, Frank Borman, Pete Conrad, Jim Lovell, John Young, James McDivitt, Elliot See, Edward White and Thomas Stafford started their training in 1963. They explored the terrain of the Meteor and Sunset craters, peered through lunar telescopes and studied Lowell’s maps that showed the moon’s surface. All these activities were part of the preparations for the eventual lunar landing.
Before the Apollo 11 mission, the astronauts were joined by Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and others to undergo the critical training below Flagstaff’s San Francisco Peaks. Spacesuits and flying equipment were tested while lunar rover driving skills were perfected in the local meteor craters. Lunar landings were practiced on the black volcanic fields at nearby Cinder Lake. These places where the astronauts have trained can still be visited today.
The space training landmark can be a worthwhile opportunity for a family to spark an interest among the children to space exploration. Lowell Observatory can be found on a hill overlooking the beautiful turn-of-the-century Flagstaff downtown. You can also trace the steps of the astronauts as they hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon to gather samples of a lunar surface.
To honor the lunar landing’s 50th anniversary, Flagstaff is planning for a yearlong celebration that started with the launch party last July 20 at the Orpheum Theater.
It is very likely for the Arizona Illustrated Map to include Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon because they are important landmark’s in the state’s history. Capturing a moment in time from the Lowell Observatory will deliver more than just information but a realistic feeling of the area.