How Apollo 11 dazzled the world: Moon maps in the Netherlands and American flags in Japan

In Tokyo, the U.S. embassy was flooded with paper cranes, a symbol of good luck for the three Americans about to hitch a ride to the moon. In the Netherlands, some gas stations gave out moon maps instead of road maps. In Warsaw, residents placed flower bouquets at the lunar module on display at the U.S. embassy there.

And in downtown Seoul, 100,000 South Koreans gathered at a projection screen to watch clips of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’ unprecedented mission, culminating with humanity’s firsts steps on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. Read more here.