40 years ago, three human beings - with the help of many thousands of others - left our planet on a successful journey to our Moon, setting foot on another world for the first time. Apollo 11 was launched on July 16, 1969 with Engineer Neil A. Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins and Engineer Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. aboard. Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the Moon. The entire trip for the Astronauts lasted only 8 days, the time spent on the surface was less than one day, the entire time spent walking on the moon, a mere 2 1/2 hours - but they were surely historic hours. Scientific experiments were deployed (at least one still in use today), samples were collected, and photographs were taken to document the entire journey. Collected here are 40 images from that journey four decades ago, when, in the words of astronaut Buzz Aldrin: "In this one moment, the world came together in peace for all mankind".
There were nine Apollo missions to the moon and they all occurred between December 1968 and December 1972. A total of Twelve Astronauts walked on the Moon.
See Biographies of the Twelve Astronauts
40 photos total - So Slow to Load
Post-deployment documentation photo of the Laser Ranging Retroreflector Experiment (LRRR). For the past 40 years, the retroreflectors were used in conjunction with a dedicated facility at the McDondald Observatory in Texas to accurately measure the distance to the Moon. These experiments discovered, among other things, that the moon is moving away from Earth at a rate of 2.5 inches per year. The National Science Foundation recently terminated funding for the McDonald Laser ranging station, with continued measurements to be made by two other facilities. (NASA) #
New York City welcomes Apollo 11 crewmen in a showering of ticker tape down Broadway and Park Avenue in a parade termed as the largest in the city's history on August 13, 1969. Pictured in the lead car, from the right, are Engineer Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Engineer Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. (NASA) #