On July 21, 1969, humanity witnessed one of its greatest ever achievements taking place, not on the Earth, but 3,00,000 km away, on the moon. Neil Armstrong had kept his first step on the moon. The Apollo space program was a very complex program that enabled science and technology to take a giant leap and put men on the moon. The dream finally came true with Apollo 11. See how they got to the moon in these historical pictures.
Neil Armstrong piloting the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle
Apollo 11 crew training for the egress from their reentry module
Transporting the huge Saturn V rocket from Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad
The Crew has breakfast prior to the launch
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The crew walks into the rocket
The launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969
Another shot of Saturn V liftoff
Saturn V is in the air with the first stage burning
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First stage drops, second stage ignition
Apollo 11 orbiting the Earth
The Command Module rotates and docks with the lunar module, the third stage of the rocket is still there
Looking at the Earth on the way to the moon
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Earth as seen from 87,000 km away
Earth from 1,81,000 km away
Earth from 3,00,800 km away
Earth from 3,78,000 km away
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Apollo 11 enters into orbit around the moon after a burn from its Service Module engines
Lunar Module separates from the command module and is going to land on the moon
Command and Service Module with astronaut Michael Collins is in moon orbit
Approaching the moon’s surface
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The descent towards the landing site
Touchdown on the surface: First photo
Neil Armstrong steps down on the moon
Edwin Aldrin egresses the lunar module to step down on the moon
Aldrin’s Footprint on the moon
How to get back to Earth? In the next article, you will see iconic pictures of how they came back to Earth from their First Moon Landing.
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