Relive the final approach and landing of Apollo 11 with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin this short video.
“Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.” Who can forget those words by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong? 44 years ago today on July 20, 1969 we stepped foot on the moon. I still get chills watching the video of the landing.
To commemorate one of humanity’s greatest achievements, we’ll revisit the scene in photos taken during that 21 hours and 36 minutes of time the first two humans spent on the moon’s surface. Some may be familiar to you but others are rarely seen.
Neil Armstrong had to manually take control of the landing craft when he saw that the designated landing site around West Crater was littered with boulders (white flecks). Armstrong piloted the module to a safe landing a short distance to the west moments before it ran out of fuel. Click to supersize. Credit: NASA
The Apollo 11 landing site photographed from low lunar orbit by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Click to supersize. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
This panorama out the window of the lander was taken about an hour and a half after the landing and part of a contingency plan to document the site in case the astronauts had to quickly depart. Click to supersize. Credit: NASA
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the footpad as he walks down to the lunar surface from the lander. Click to supersize. Credit: NASA
Part of a panoramic view of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin erecting the flag. Click for full version. Credit: NASA
Earthrise sequence taken by the Apollo 11 crew on July 20, 1969. Credit: NASA
A sampling of some of the foods taken aboard the Apollo moon missions. To prevent crumbs from floating around the cabin, many food items were cuts into cubes and coated in waxy oils. Sure doesn’t sound appetizing. Credit: NASA
More examples of food eaten by the Apollo 11 astronauts. Click to see a menu. Credit: NASA
Astronauts Neil Armstrong (left), and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr., stand by the Lunar Module ladder in this black and white reproduction taken from a telecast by the Apollo 11 lunar surface television camera on July 20, 1969. Credit: NASA
A tired but happy Neil Armstrong smiles for the camera back inside the lunar module after completing his first moonwalk. Credit: NASA
NASA’s Apollo 11 flight crew, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot stand near the Apollo/Saturn V space vehicle that would eventually carry them into space on July 16, 1969. Credit: NASA
Neil Armstrong strums a ukelele inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility soon after the Apollo 11 crew arrived at Ellington Air Force Base, on July 27, 1969. Click to see many more Apollo 11 images. Credit: NASA