Remembering Apollo 11 45 Years Later

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11’s astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins successfully landed on the Moon.

Astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot, is photographed walking near the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity in July 20, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, succesfully completed the United States' first lunar landing mission 45 years ago.

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The huge, 363-feet tall Saturn V rocket launches the Apollo 11 mission from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, into orbit on July 16, 1969.

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United States President Richard M. Nixon in the central Pacific recovery area to welcome the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, prime recovery ship for the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Already confined to the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) are, left to right: Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot.

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage, with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard, is photographed from the Command and Service Modules (CSM) during rendezvous in lunar orbit on July 21, 1969. The Lunar Module was making its docking approach to the CSM. Astronaut Michael Collins remained with the CSM in lunar orbit while the other two crewmen explored the lunar surface.

An estimated 10,000 people gathered to watch giant television screens in New York's Central Park and cheer as astronaut Neil Armstrong took man's first step on the moon on July 20, 1969.


United States astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands beside a solar wind experiment next to the Lunar Module spacecraft on the surface of the Moon after he and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first men to land on the Moon during the Apollo 11 space mission July 20, 1969.

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This view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft shows Earth rising above the moon's horizon.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.