The Briscoe Center presents Covering the Moon: Apollo 11 and the News Media, on display in the center’s exhibit hall. In 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins captured the American imagination with their successful voyage to the the surface of the moon. Television networks invested heavily to cover this watershed moment in history, bringing the crew of Apollo 11 into the living room of millions of Americans, an event that has remained etched in America’s cultural memory. The center’s news media archives include the papers of Walter Cronkite and CBS senior producer Robert Wussler, as well as those of other journalists, producers, and communication professionals who covered the moon landing.
The Briscoe Center has acquired the photographic archive of Mike Maple, a photojournalist who specializes in documentary photography. Maple has covered all manner of social issues in America over a forty-year career. In addition, he has worked around the world for major dailies and magazines, photographing presidents, musicians, and sporting icons.