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45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing

The NASA designed official emblem of Apollo 11, the United States’ first scheduled lunar landing mission. The Apollo 11 crew would be astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.  (NASA)
May 6, 1968: Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 mission commander, floats safely to the ground. The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) exploded only seconds before while Armstrong was rehearsing a lunar landing at Ellington Air Force Base near the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC). (NASA)
Jan. 10, 1969: The three astronauts selected by NASA as the prime crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. From left, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot; Neil A. Armstrong, commander; and Michael Collins, command module pilot.  (NASA)
The 363-foot Apollo 11 space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: A close-up view of the plaque that the Apollo 11 astronauts left on the moon in commemoration of the historic lunar landing mission. The plaque was attached to the ladder on the landing gear strut on the descent stage of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module.  (NASA)
NASA portrait of the crew of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. From left, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.  (NASA)
Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. (NASA / Associated Press )
July 20, 1969: The Apollo 11 lunar module in a landing configuration is photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Modules. Inside the Lunar Module were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: In a photo made from a television monitor, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong walks slowly away from the lunar module to explore the surface of the moon. Armstrong was first out the lunar module, Eagle, onto the dusty surface of Tranquility Base. (Associated Press )
July 20, 1969: Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed getting out of the lunar module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the moon. This photograph was taken by astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, with a 70 millimeter lunar surface camera.  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the lunar surface.  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: A closeup view of an astronaut’s boot and boot print in the lunar soil.  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the moon. He has just deployed the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP).  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a lunar surface camera and is reflected in Aldrin’s helmet. (NASA)
July 20, 1969: Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, prepares to deploy the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package on the surface of the moon.  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: A closeup view of an astronaut’s boot print in the lunar soil.  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: The deployment of the U.S. flag on the surface of the moon is captured on film during the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, stands on the left at the flag’s staff. Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is also pictured.  (NASA)
An oblique of the Crater Daedalus on the lunar far side as seen from the Apollo 11 spacecraft in lunar orbit.  (NASA)
July 20, 1969: The Apollo 11 Command and Service Modules are photographed from the lunar module in lunar orbit during the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. The lunar surface below is in the north central Sea of Fertility.  (NASA)
July 21, 1969: The Apollo 11 lunar module ascent stage, with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. aboard.  (NASA)
Los Angeles Times front page on July 21, 1969.  (Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles Times)
July 24, 1969: The Apollo 11 Command Module is photographed as it is hoisted aboard the Hornet, prime recovery vessel for the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.  (NASA)
July 24, 1969: President Richard Nixon greets the Apollo 11 astronauts in the isolation unit aboard the Hornet after splashdown and recovery. The astronauts, from left, are: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin Jr.  (Associated Press)
July 27, 1969: This is the first lunar sample that was photographed in detail. The photograph shows a granular, fine-grained, iron magnesium rich rock. At this early stage of the examination, this rock appears similar to several igneous rock types found on Earth.  (NASA)
The Apollo 11 spacecraft Command Module is loaded aboard a Super Guppy Aircraft at Ellington Air Force Base for shipment to the North American Rockwell Corp. in Downey. Note damage to aft heat shield caused by extreme heat of Earth reentry.  (NASA)
July 26, 1969: A closeup view of the lunar rocks contained in the first Apollo 11 sample return container.  ( NASA)
Aug. 13, 1969: New York welcomes Apollo 11 crewmen in a showering of ticker tape down Broadway in a parade termed the largest in the city’s history. In the lead car, from the right, are Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr.  (NASA)
July 20, 2009: On the 40th anniversary of the landing, visitors to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum look at the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia in Washington. D.C.  (Michael Reynolds / EPA)
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