On July 16, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong - lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins began their journey to the Moon on a Saturn V. rocket. The 8-day NASA mission focused the whole planet on Armstrong and Aldrin, who explored the lunar surface 20 July, with the support of Michael Collins that rotated over their heads. 46 years after the first successful landing of the Apollo program, we rummaged in the archives of NASA to find some familiar and not so noticeable moments of the Apollo 11 mission. All photos and captions can be found in NASA manned galleries.
Neil Armstrong walks in front of Pad A, on launch complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, during the launch of Apollo 11, on July 16, 1969. Michael Collins is behind.
The massive, 363-foot Apollo 11 was launched at 9:32 am (EDT) on July 16, 1969. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins get into history books.
This photograph was taken from the camera on the US Air Force EC-135N aircraft shortly after launch. Saturn V with the second and third stages are separated from the spent first (S-1C), which then fell into the Atlantic Ocean. Recently, the first stage of the engine was extracted from the bottom of the ocean by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.
Earth is captured by a camera lens by Apollo astronauts on their way to the moon.
The Earth moves away, Apollo 11 continues its journey.
Aldrin looks at the camera, during the third ether from space on the way to the Moon.
The Apollo 11 command and service modules (CSM) are photographed from the lunar module (LM) in orbit during the satellite mission landing mission.
One small step
After descending from the lunar module and successfully landing on July 20, 1969, Armstrong takes the first step on the Moon. Traces of astronauts remain intact on the dusty surface to this day.
Going down in history
Aldrin descends the steps of the lunar module stairs, he prepares to walk on the moon.
The base of calm
Armstrong and Aldrin deployed the American flag outside the lunar module "Eagle" at the Tranquility Base in the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969.
Aldrin is preparing to deploy experiments on the lunar surface next to the large lunar module "Eagle".
Aldrin supervises the Apollo Mission Experimental Experiment Packet (EASEP), which was photographed by Armstrong during the spacewalk of the crew (EVA).
Leg of the lunar module
Aldrin stands next to one of the legs of the lunar module.
Armstrong inside the lunar module immediately after his famous moon walk.
Collins is photographing a returning lunar module with Armstrong and Aldrin inside. Soon after, the lunar module docked with the orbital command station and the service module to begin the journey back to Earth.
Principle of gyro
Aldrin illustrates the principle of a gyroscope in zero gravity using a can of canned food in front of cameras, while the crew is traveling to Earth from the Moon.
Three crew members of Apollo 11 are waiting for the USS Hornet helicopter, after entering the atmosphere and fire landing in the Pacific Ocean on a ship for a lunar landing.
The mission control room at the Mission Control Center, Building 30, the Spacecraft Piloting Center (MSC), celebrating the dispatchers successfully completing the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.
The Apollo 11 command module and the mobile quarantine capsule are photographed on board the USS Hornet.
From left to right: Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, in a 21-day quarantine, meet their wives.
New York welcomes Apollo 11 crew members down Broadway and Park Avenue in a parade that became the largest in the history of the city, on August 13, 1969.