Moon Landing: 50th Anniversary - Gallery

Thumbnail image of Astronaut James Irwin (1930-1991) gives a salute on the Moon, 1971.Artist: NASA

July 20th will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Apollo 11 was the name given to the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module, Eagle, on July 20th, 1969, at 20:17 GMT.

Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21st at 02:56:15 GMT; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later.

Armstrong‘s first step onto the lunar surface was broadcast live to a worldwide TV audience of more 530 million. He described the event as ’one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind‘.

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The first Lunar Roving Vehicle, Apollo 15, July 1971. Creator: NASA.
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Buzz Aldrin descends from the Lunar Module, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Buzz Aldrin by the leg of the Lunar Module, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Harrison Schmitt with US flag on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: Eugene Cernan.
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The surface of the Moon. Creator: NASA.
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Close-up view of a crater on the surface of the Moon. Creator: NASA.
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US flag on the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969.  Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Commander Neil Armstrong in the Lunar Module on the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969. Creator: Buzz Aldrin.
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Launch Control Center in the John F Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA, July 1969.  Creator: NASA.
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Earth from the Moon. Creator: NASA.
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Earth from the Moon. Creator: NASA.
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Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, crew of Apollo 11, 1969. Creator: NASA.
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The first footprint on the Moon', Apollo 11 mission, July 1969.  Creator: NASA.
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The Taurus-Littrow landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in quarantine, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969. Creator: NASA.
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Lunar landing site, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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Earth rising above the Moon, seen from Apollo 15, July-August 1971. Creator: NASA.
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Craters on the Moon. Creator: NASA.
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Buzz Aldrin deploys solar wind collector on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969.  Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969.  Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969.  Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Harrison Schmitt works the scoop on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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Eugene Cernan using the Rover on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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Harrison Schmitt with US flag on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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Buzz Aldrin stands next to the American flag on the surface of the Moon, July 1969. Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Buzz Aldrin's footprint on the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969.  Creator: Buzz Aldrin.
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Astronaut with Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon, 1970s. Creator: NASA.
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The Rover is dwarfed by a giant rock on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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Astronaut Charles Duke at the Descartes landing site, Apollo 16 mission, April 1972. Creator: John Watts Young.
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Astronaut with Lunar Roving Vehicle on the Moon, 1970s. Creator: NASA.
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Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rake samples, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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Buzz Aldrin sets up the seismic experiment, Apollo II mission, July 1969.  Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Eugene Cernan using the Rover on the lunar surface, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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Buzz Aldrin deploys solar wind collector on the surface of the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969.  Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Buzz Aldrin carries out an experiment on the lunar surface, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Astronaut Charles Duke at the Descartes landing site, Apollo 16 mission, April 1972. Creator: John Watts Young.
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Astronaut John Young on the lunar surface, Apollo 16 mission, April 1972. Creator: Charles Duke.
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The Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: NASA.
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Buzz Aldrin near the leg of the Lunar Module on the Moon, Apollo 11 mission, July 1969. Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Buzz Aldrin by the Lunar Module on the surface of the Moon, Apollo II mission, July 1969. Creator: Neil Armstrong.
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Lunar Module 'Antares' on the Moon, Apollo 14 mission, February 1971.
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Lunar Module above the Moon, Apollo 16 mission, April 1972. Creator: Thomas Mattingly.
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Astronaut John Young on the lunar surface, Apollo 16 mission, 21 April 1972. Creator: Charles Duke.
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Command and supply capsule, Apollo 17 mission, December 1972. Creator: NASA.
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The Modern Age, 1990s.  Artist: Ivan Lapper.
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Earthrise seen from surface of the Moon, Apollo Mission, 1969. Artist: Unknown
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Davis Scott waiting for James Irwin during extra-vehicular activity on the Apollo 15 mission, 1971. Artist: Unknown
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James Irwin (1930-1991) salutes the American flag during the Apollo 15 mission, 1971. Artist: Unknown
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Alan Shepard (1923-1998) planting an American flag during the Apollo 14 mission, 1971. Artist: Unknown
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James Irwin (1930-1991) moonwalking during the Apollo 15 mission, 1971. Artist: Unknown
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Edwin Buzz Aldrin descends the steps of the Lunar Module ladder to walk on the Moon, 1969.Artist: NASA
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Astronaut James Irwin (1930-1991) gives a salute on the Moon, 1971.Artist: NASA
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Hasselblad Lunar Surface Camera, 1969.  Artist: Viktor Hasselblad AB
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Armstrong and Aldrin unfurl the US flag on the moon, 1969. Artist: Unknown
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Apollo 16 astronaut Thomas Mattingly in spacesuit, 1971. Artist: Unknown
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