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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing: Pictures


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 11, during a walk on the moon, July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong/NASA via REUTERS

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the moon, July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong/NASA via REUTERS

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. is photographed by Astronaut Neil Armstrong, shown in the reflection in the visor. Neil Armstrong/NASA via REUTERS

The Lunar Module approaching the moon. It has been a half-century since Neil Armstrong stepped out of a lunar module and onto the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 and declared, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Michael Collins/NASA via REUTERS

Neil Armstrong steps into history July 20, 1969 by leaving the first human footprint on the surface of the moon. NASA/Newsmakers

Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin Jr. steps onto the lunar surface from the Apollo 11 lunar module to become the second man to walk on the moon. Neil Armstrong/MPI/Getty Images

Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin Jr. walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. His footprints are scattered around the leg of the lunar landing module Eagle. Neil Armstrong/MPI/Getty Images

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwn Aldrin set up the American flag on the moon. NASA

Buzz Aldrin moves to deploy two components of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. NASA

An astronaut's boot and bootprint in the lunar soil during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity, July 20, 1969. NASA via Reuters

Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. NASA via REUTERS

Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong inside the Lunar Module on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 moon landing, July 20, 1969. NASA via REUTERS

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, during the lunar landing mission. This picture was taken by Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, prior to the moon landing. NASA

Tranquility Base and the U.S. flag from a window on the Lunar Module as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin prepare for liftoff from the surface of the moon, July 21, 1969. NASA via AP

JoAnn Morgan watches from the launch firing room during the launch of Apollo 11 in Cape Canaveral, Fla., July 16, 1969. NASA via AP

Mission Operations Control Room in the Mission Control Center at the Manned Spacecraft Center showing the flight controllers celebrating the successful conclusion of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission on Jul 24, 1969. NASA

In the Mission Operations Control Room of the Mission Control Center, Building 30, Manned Spacecraft Center, flight controllers applaud the splashdown and success of the Apollo 11 lunar mission. Four days earlier on July 20, 1969, mission commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. NASA

The scene at JFK International Airport watching the Apollo 11 mission on television, July 20, 1969. CBS Photo Archive

People watch the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launch on multiple TV's at a Sears department store in White Plains, N.Y., July 16, 1969. AP Photo/Ron Frehm

A crowd in Central Park, New York watches as the Apollo 11 crew lands on the moon. AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler

President Richard M. Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in the Pacific Ocean, July 1969. Confined to the Mobile Quarantine Facility are, from left: Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. NASA via REUTERS

People line 42nd Street in New York to cheer Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong, travelling east on 42nd street, towards the United Nations, Aug. 13, 1969. AP Photo

Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, command module pilot Michael Collins and commander Neil Armstrong are showered in ticker tape during a parade down Broadway in New York City, Aug. 13, 1969. Bill Taub/NASA via REUTERS

The cover of LIFE magazine issued July 4, 1969 features astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Henry Groskinsky, inset by Ralph Morse/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

The December 1969 cover of National Geographic shows Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin on the surface of the moon. Neil Armstrong/NASA via Getty Images

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes after being introduced at the 2019 State of the Union address. NASA

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