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Stunning Pictures of Humankind’s Iconic First Moon Landing Have Been Showcased In a Series of Incredible Colour Images
By Mark McConville
WITNESS the iconic first moon landing in all its glory in this series of incredible colour images.
The stunning pictures show astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. ‘Buzz’ Aldrin Jr. walking on the moon as they make ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.
Other amazing shots show the American flag planted in the surface of the moon, the Apollo 11 taking off attached to a Saturn V rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and President Richard Nixon waiting for the astronauts to return.
Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans on the moon on 20th July 1969. Although it consisted of a three-man crew Michael Collins was the unlucky astronaut to miss out as he piloted the command module Columbia along in lunar orbit while the other two were on the surface.
The first successful moon landing was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience and effectively ended the Space Race between America and the USSR.
It also fulfilled a national goal set out by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 where he promised a man would land on the moon and returning safely to Earth before the decade was over.
What could be the first footprint on the moon is also pictured with Armstrong’s foot hovering over the imprint.
Candid shots also show Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong relaxing inside the space vessel on their way to the moon.
The crew are pictured waiting to be picked up after landing in North Pacific Ocean, around 812 nautical miles south of Hawaii.