17 lesser-known photos from the Apollo 11 mission
It’s been 48 years since NASA’s historic Apollo 11 mission in which Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to ever step foot on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.
Though NASA astronauts would reach the moon in five subsequent missions over the next three-and-a-half years (not including the aborted Apollo 13 mission), it’s this very first moon landing that dominates the memories of Americans, one of the most significant moments in all of history.
While some photos of the landing are etched in our collective memories, there are so many more that capture the immensity of the accomplishment and the ghostly beauty of the lunar surface that should be enjoyed.
Here, then, are some of those photos, giving us a different glimpse of a historic moment.
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson and then-current Vice President Spiro Agnew are among the spectators at the launch of Apollo 11, which lifted off from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.
The Instrument Unit, which provided guidance, control and sequence of vehicle functions, is lowered into place atop the third stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle.
Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong prepares to don his helmet in the suit-up room of the crew quarters in the Kennedy Space Center’s Manned Spacecraft Operations Building.
Within the White Room atop the gantry on Launch Complex 39 Pad A, the Apollo 11 astronauts egress from the Apollo spacecraft after participation in the countdown demonstration test. In the foreground of the photograph is astronaut Buzz Aldrin. It also shows leader Guenter Wendt talking with Neil Armstrong.
Thousands of spectators camped out on beaches and roads to watch the launch of Apollo 11, which launched at 9:32 a.m. ET on July 16, 1969.
On July 16, 1969, the 363-foot tall Saturn V rocket launches on the Apollo 11 mission.
The Saturn V rocket stands on its mobile launcher at Pad 39A as more than 3,000 news media representatives prepare for the liftoff of Apollo 11.
The American flag heralded the launch of Apollo 11, the first Lunar landing mission, on July 16, 1969.
Apollo 11 mission officials relax in the Launch Control Center following the successful liftoff.
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. descends the steps of the Lunar Module ladder as he prepares to walk on the moon. The photograph was taken by Neil Armstrong with a 70mm lunar surface camera.
As commander of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong took most of the photographs from the historic moonwalk, but this rare shot from fellow moonwalker Buzz Aldrin shows Armstrong at work near the lunar module Eagle.
A close-up view of astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s bootprint in the lunar soil, photographed with the 70mm lunar surface camera during Apollo 11’s sojourn on the moon.
Buzz Aldrin moves toward a position to deploy two components of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
Astronaut and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin is pictured during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the moon. He had just deployed the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package. In the foreground is the Passive Seismic Experiment Package; beyond it is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR-3).
In the Mission Operations Control Room of the Mission Control Center, flight controllers applaud the splashdown and success of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. Four days earlier, mission commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.
The Apollo 11 spacecraft Command Module is prepared for shipment to the North American Rockwell Corporation at Downey, Calif., after being released from its postflight quarantine at the Manned Spacecraft Center.
Michael Collins, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Neil A. Armstrong relax following their successful lunar landing mission within the Mobile Quarantine Facility. They spent two-and-a-half days in the quarantine trailer en route from the USS Hornet, the prime recovery ship, to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston.
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