Left to right, are Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

By Mark McConville

WITNESS the iconic first moon landing in all its glory in this series of incredible colour images.

 

Astronaut Edwin Aldrin walks on lunar surface near leg of Lunar Module. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

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’.

 

Astronaut Edwin Aldrin Jr. posed for a photograph beside the deployed flag of the United States during the Apollo 11 EVA. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

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.

 

President Nixon on deck of U.S.S. Hornet awaiting Apollo 11 crew arrival. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

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.

 

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. walks on the surface of the Moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 EVA. Armstrong also took this picture with the 70-mm lunar surface camera. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

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.

The huge, 363-feet tall Apollo 11 (Spacecraft 107/Lunar Module S/Saturn 506) space vehicle is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), at 9:32 a.m. (EDT), July 16, 1969. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

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.

 

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. walks on the surface of the Moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 EVA. Armstrong also took this picture with the 70-mm lunar surface camera. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

What could be the first footprint on the moon is also pictured with Armstrong’s foot hovering over the imprint.

 

The Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar mission, launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida via the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) developed Saturn V launch vehicle on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

Candid shots also show Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong relaxing inside the space vessel on their way to the moon.

 

This photograph of astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, was taken inside the Lunar Module (LM) while the LM rested on the lunar surface. NASA / mediadrumworld.com

The crew are pictured waiting to be picked up after landing in North Pacific Ocean, around 812 nautical miles south of Hawaii.

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