Buzz Aldrin, Govinda Gallery, and The Georgetowner… Apollo 11

by Merissa Kaczmarczyk on July 20, 2019
Aldrin Looks Back at Tranquility Base, 1969. Photo by Neil Armstrong. Courtesy of NASA.

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon in 1969. The Georgetowner honored the anniversary of the moon landing and the Apollo 11’s voyage in this year’s June edition with a center spread featuring pieces by Gary Tischler, former NASA astronaut Scott Altman, and Govinda Gallery’s owner and director Chris Murray. In Chris’ “Personal Recollection” of 1969, he describes the magic of Woodstock, as well as the remarkable time Buzz Aldrin later came to visit Govinda Gallery in 1988.

Cover of June 2019’s Georgetowner, featuring a photograph of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, taken by the Apollo 11 mission commander, Neil Armstrong.
The June 2019 Georgetowner’s center spread, featuring a photograph of Chris Murray and Buzz Aldrin with Andy Warhol’s Moonwalk, as well as Chris Murray’s “Personal Recollection” on the following page. Photo of Chris and Buzz taken by Chester Simpson.

Here are some unpublished photos by Chester Simpson of Buzz Aldrin’s historic visit to Govinda Gallery in 1988.

Director Chris Murray introducing Apollo 11’s Buzz Aldrin to David Murray, Govinda Gallery, July 31st, 1988.
Buzz with David Murray in front of Andy Warhol’s legendary Moonwalk print, Govinda Gallery, July 31st, 1988.
Buzz Aldrin and Chris Murray talking in the Govinda Gallery office, Govinda Gallery, July 31st, 1988.
Buzz and Chris in the Govinda Gallery office, Govinda Gallery, July 31st, 1988.
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