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Extra! How The World Press Reported Moon Landing 50 Years Ago

A half-century later, Neil Armstrong's 'great leap' still boggles the mind. Here's a look back at some of the headlines that followed the historic feat.

Buzz Aldrin making headlines
Buzz Aldrin making headlines

PARIS — The date was July 20, 1969, the clock read 10:56 p.m. on the East Coast of the United States, as much of the world tuned in by radio or television to follow NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong take that historic-making first step on the moon.

On the 50th anniversary of that historic landing, we look back at how the event was covered in the press. In a time before smartphones and the internet, people all over the world were united by the experience of watching or listening to Armstrong's "giant leap" — or reading about it just afterwards in the press.

As those first steps were broadcasted live, newspapers began reporting one of the most momentous events in human history. By the following morning, a Monday, headlines in papers from Mexico, to Bulgaria, to South Africa proclaimed Apollo 11's improbable accomplishment.

Below is a collection front pages (and a few magazine covers) from around the world announcing nothing less than the dawn of a new era.

THE UNITED STATES

The New York Times

The Miami News

The Daily Tribune

Chicago Tribune


MEXICO

El Universal


BRAZIL

O Povo

Folha De S. Paulo


IRELAND

The Irish Times

The Irish Press


THE UNITED KINGDOM

The Daily Post

Daily Express


FRANCE

France Soir

Le Monde

Le Soir


THE NETHERLANDS

Algemeen Dagblad

Trouw

Het Parool

de Buzz Krant

Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant


SWEDEN

Aftonbladet

Dagens Nyheter


NORWAY

Dagbladet


DENMARK

Berlingske Tidende


GERMANY

Bild

Der Abend


ITALY

Il Messaggero


AUSTRIA

Arbeiter-Zeitung


POLAND

Nowości


YUGOSLAVIA

Borba


BULGARIA

Rabotnichesko Delo


TURKEY

Cumhuriyet


SOVIET UNION (MOSCOW)

Pravda


ISRAEL

Haaretz

The Jerusalem Post


SOUTH KOREA

Kyunghyang Shinmun


JAPAN

The Japan Times

Yomiuri Shimbun​


THAILAND

The Bangkok Post


SOUTH VIETNAM

The Saigon Post


AUSTRALIA

The Sydney Morning Herald


SOUTH AFRICA

The Cape Times


MAGAZINES

FRANCE

Paris Match


THE UNITED STATES

Time Magazine


ITALY

Epoca


BRAZIL

Veja


GERMANY

Stern

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How India’s Women Are Fighting Air Pollution — And The Patriarchy

India is one of the world's worst countries for air pollution, with women more likely to be affected by the problem than men. Now, experts and activists are fighting to reframe pollution as a gendered health crisis.

A woman walking through dense fog in New Delhi

*Saumya Kalia

MUMBAI In New Delhi, a city that has topped urban air-pollution charts in recent years, Shakuntala describes a discomfort that has become too familiar. Surrounded by bricks and austere buildings, she tells an interviewer: "The eyes burn and it becomes difficult to breathe". She is referring to the noxious fumes she routinely breathes as a construction worker.

Like Shakuntala, women’s experiences of polluted air fill every corner of their lives – inside homes, in parks and markets, on the way to work. Ambient air in most districts in India has never been worse than it is today. As many as 1.67 million people in the country die prematurely due to polluted air. It is India’s second largest health risk after malnutrition.

This risk of exposure to air pollution is compounded for women. Their experiences of toxic air are more frequent and often more hazardous. Yet “policies around air quality have not yet adequately taken into account gender or other factors that might influence people’s health,” Pallavi Pant, a senior scientist at the Health Effects Institute, a nonprofit in the U.S., told The Wire Science.

“It’s unacceptable that the biggest burden [rests on] those who can least bear it,” Sherebanu Frosh, an activist, added. People like her are building a unique resistance within India.

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