Astronauts leave the lunar surface to return home

Astronauts leave the lunar surface to return home

Houston Chronicle front page from July 21, 1969. Chronicle file

The Houston Chronicle published seven editions on this day in 1969. Here, we’re looking at the Night Markets edition, which led off with news of the astronauts leaving the Moon. Earlier editions had news of the astronauts landing on the lunar surface. J.R. Gonzales, a native Houstonian, is a web producer for HoustonChronicle.com. Before that, he was a news copy editor. Since 2006, he has overseen the Bayou City History blog, which covers various aspects of Houston’s history.

More from Bayou City History Prior to joining the Houston Chronicle, Gonzales worked as a night cops reporter at The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., and later as a copy editor. He has also worked as a courthouse reporter for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Gonzales is a journalism graduate of the University of Houston.

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