The Apollo 11 astronauts, still in their quarantine van, are greeted by their wives upon arrival at Ellington Air Force Base on July 27, 1969.
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President Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 crew
President Richard M Nixon was in the central Pacific recovery area to personally welcome the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, back to earth. Already confined to the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) are (left to right) Neil A Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. Apollo 11 splashed down at 11:49 a.m. (CDT), July 24, 1969, about 812 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii and only 12 nautical miles from the USS Hornet.
View of Earth from the Moon
Earthrise viewed from the lunar orbit prior to landing of the Apollo 11 mission.
Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin Aldrin photographed his footprint on July 20, 1969, in the lunar soil, as part of an experiment to study the nature of lunar dust and the effects of pressure on the surface.
Buzz Aldrin with experiment
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the surface of the moon near the Lunar Module (LM) “Eagle” during the Apollo 11 moonwalk. Neil Armstrong snapped this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera.
Neil Armstrong on the Moon
In this cropped picture, Armstrong is seen working at the LM (one of the few photos taken of him during the moonwalk).
Man`s first step on the Moon
Commander of NASA`s Apollo 11 mission Neil Armstrong descends the ladder of the Apollo Lunar Module (or Lunar Excursion Module, LEM) to become the first human to step foot on the surface of the Moon. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC.
The Apollo 11 launch
A Saturn V rocket launched Apollo 11 from Launch Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969 at 13:32:00 UTC (9:32:00 a.m. EDT local time), signalling the start of man`s first lunar landing mission. On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon while crewmate Michael Collins orbited above.
Apollo 11 Crew walking to Launch Pad
Mission commander Neil Armstrong waving in front, command module pilot Michael Collins, and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin heads for the van that will take them to the rocket for launch to the moon at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida on July 16, 1969.
The Apollo 11 Crew
From left to right- Neil A Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.
45th anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing
As NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month (July, 2014), the US space agency is also commemorating Neil Armstrong`s “one giant leap for mankind” through a number of events across, and above, the United States during the month, as well as on the agency`s website and NASA Television.
Forty five years ago, the world watched as NASA`s astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their Eagle lander at Tranquility Base on the moon on July 20, 1969, as crewmate Michael Collins remained in orbit aboard the command module.
Here are some of the amazing moments and facts to recall about the historic Apollo 11 spaceflight that landed the first humans on the lunar surface: - Salome Phelamei