Fifty years ago as newspapers across the world screamed "Men walk on moon", The Canberra Times showed the faces of the wives of the astronauts, relieved and happy following the successful mission.
Ian Mathews was deputy editor of The Canberra Times at the time, and explained how the paper would have been put together for the momentous moment in history.
While his memory is foggy as to the exact part he played, he knows it would have been a team effort, led by then-editor the late John Allan.
He said Mr Allan had a special knack for knowing exactly what needed to be done.
"He could devote his attention to any big story," Mr Mathews recalled.
"My guess is that he was the one who said, 'Well, what about the wives? They were all waiting, let's put them on page one'."
Mr Mathews, now aged 86, said it was "probably a flash of the mind during all the other excitement to think of that".
"I think it gives a certain character to the paper that they, at that stage, thought well who else is involved, even if they're not on the moon. You can't get anybody closer than the wives of the three astronauts."
Mr Mathews said five decades on, it was incredible to see how many inventions brought about by the huge investment in space travel we still use today.
"One of the things I've always felt with space travel is, a lot of people say what an incredible waste of money it is, and yet when you consider especially the moon landing we're celebrating now, they had to invent ways to do it," he said.
"That included the way in which they monitor health, how they refine fuel, how they build all sorts of things which my guess is we're using today, whether its in cars, or trains or other things, and it has come about because of this enormous effort that went in to what was impossible, but they made it possible. I think we've done very well out of space, one way or another."
Mr Mathews joined The Canberra Times in 1963 after moving from Adelaide. He started his career as an apprentice journalist at a weekly newspaper in Sussex, England in 1957 before he and his late wife moved to Australia as Ten-Pound Poms.
The walls of his home-office bear some of the more eventful front pages of his career at The Canberra Times - like the attempted assassination on Ronald Regan in 1981. He has the hard copy paper from that event, and the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II in the same year.
Mr Mathews said the dismissal of Gough Whitlam was by far the most memorable event of his career.
"The assassination attempts, it sounds silly to say they were ordinary, anybody shooting somebody, they're unhinged to some extent. But the dismissal was, to my mind, an assault on the democracy of Australia.
"Whitlam was still prime minister and he still commanded the confidence of the House. It was only because the Senate wouldn't pass a money bill. I think it is a great scar on Australian democracy, but we got over it and we moved on. I'm sure there will be a few other scrapes.
"But that's the one I remember very specifically."
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Mr Mathews, who is studying his first degree, a Bachelor of Arts at Australian National University, said the only thing he ever campaigned on during his career as editor of the paper from 1972 to 1988 was the legalisation of drugs.
"In those days it was marijuana mainly," Mr Mathews said.
"The Canberra Times, even before my time, John Allan did an editorial saying there ought to be a different way of dealing with drugs. That was about as far as he went, and I took that on. The thing is, with all drugs, you've created a market. It's the most lucrative market."
Mr Mathews said drug busts were still treated as if they would break the trade.
"It doesn't matter how many times somebody gets caught, the margin is still worth it if you throw the minions to the wolves, and that's what we do, constantly."
He said it was fascinating to see the same thing debated, more than 45 years on.
How we covered man's first steps on the moon in 1969
Saturday, July 12: The milk price increased by 1 cent to 12 cents per pint, and a small article on the front page declared over the next 12 days, the paper would publish news and pictures of the moment in history.
"Man is about to complete his first stride into the universe. For years he has been probing and exploring the fringe of space. Already he has circled the moon and inspected its surface. Now he is about to walk on its barren landscape."
Monday, July 13: A message from prime minister John Gorton set to land on the moon. Mr Gorton's message, to be sent to the moon on microfilm with the Apollo 11 astronauts, said Australians were pleased and proud to help make the planned landing possible.
"This is a dramatic fulfillment of man's urge to go 'always a little further'," the message said.
"May the high courage and the technical genius which made this achievement possible be so used in the future that mankind will live in a universe in which peace, self-expression and the chance of dangerous adventure are available to all."
Wednesday, July 16: "Spacemen await moon launch without fear," the headline read.
Neil Armstrong stated the three men set to be launched into space were not fearful of the expedition. The article also said there was a shortage of beer, petrol and beds within a 700-mile radius of the launch site in Florida.
Thursday, July 17: "Blasting off on man's greatest adventure, the Apollo 11 spaceship rose from it's launch pad here this morning to carry three men to the moon."
Saturday, July 19: As early cherry blossoms began to bloom in the national capital, The Canberra Times reported on the front page that the New York Times had issued a correction for a story published 49 years prior.
"The New York Times ran a correction yesterday on an error made in 1920 about the future rockets... The Times, on January 13, 1920, scoffed at Professor Robert Goddard, the father of space exploration, for believing a rocket could function in a vacuum.
"'He only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools', the Times wrote.
"With the Apollo-11 headed for the moon today, the Times decided, 'It is now definitely established that a rocket can function in a vacuum'. The Times regrets the error."
Tuesday, July 22: 600 million see walk, the paper said.
Friday, July 25: "Tracking station technicians at Honeysuckle Creek, near Canberra, stood ready this morning to congratulate themselves on successfully completing the instructions on a notice in the control room: 'Fly Me To The Moon - And Back'."