24 Incredible Photographs from the Apollo 11 Space Mission

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On July the 20th, 1969, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon. Apollo 11 was NASA's 11th manned mission into space, but the first in history to put man on the moon. It's thought that the moon landing was watched by over 125 million people in the U.S. alone.

What was televised only reveals half the story. These incredible pictures reveal so much more.

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The Apollo 11 crew relaxing after training.

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Apollo 11 launches, view from the launch tower camera.

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Apollo 11 Saturn V on launch pad 39A.

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Moonbound Apollo 11 clears the launch tower.

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Earthrise viewed from lunar orbit prior to landing.

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Lunar module inspection after undocking

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Crater 308 viewed from orbit.

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Lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.

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Aldrin exits the LM.

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Lunar module skirt / descent engine nozzle.

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Aldrin on the LM footpad.

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Aldrin erects solar wind experiment.

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Aldrin salutes the U.S. Flag.

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Aldrin stands beside LM strut and probe.

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Aldrin poses for portrait.

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Aldrin unpacks experiments.

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Aldrin carries experiments for deployment.

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Aldrin assembles seismic experiment.

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Flag and TV camera viewed from LM window.

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Armstrong in LM after historic moonwalk.

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LM approaches CSM for docking / earthrise in b.g.

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View of full lunar disc during return trip.

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Crescent Earth photographed during return trip.

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Closeup of Earth.

source: history.nasa.gov