12 photos that capture the wonder of Apollo 11 By Jessica Boddy July 18, 2019 Space Photo Of The Day SHARE Apollo 11 Launches – July 16, 1969 Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Buzz Aldrin prepares to touch down on the moon in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module on July 20, 1969. The Eagle Prepares to Land The Lunar Module, Eagle, prepares to land. The rods protruding from the landing pads sense the moon’s surface and send word to the crew to shut off the descent engine. Apollo 11 Moonwalk Using a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera, Armstrong snapped this photo of Aldrin posing next to the unfurled American flag. Buzz Aldrin Deploys Apollo 11 Experiments Aldrin lugs equipment for two experiments across the lunar surface. In his left hand is a seismometer that listened for moonquakes and gave us a peek into the moon’s internal structure. In his right, he holds a laser reflector for measuring the distance between Earth and the moon. Crater 308 on the Moon Behold crater 308, also known as Daedalus, as seen from the Apollo 11 craft in lunar orbit. The crater has a diameter of 50 miles. Buzz Aldrin on the Moon Armstrong took this iconic photograph of Aldrin in the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, where they landed the Eagle and planted the U.S. flag. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong Neil Armstrong pauses to take a photo in the Lunar Module after touching down on the moon. Apollo 11 Comes Home Collins, Aldrin, and Armstrong successfully reentered Earth’s atmosphere and splashed down into the Pacific on July 24, 1969. Triumph After Splashdown of Apollo 11 Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas celebrates the successful splashdown. Apollo 11 Astronauts Relax Following Successful Mission Collins, Aldrin, and Armstrong relax back on Earth in a Mobile Quarantine Facility. They stayed in quarantine for 88 hours after splashdown to minimize risk of spreading dangerous “moon germs.” Apollo 11 Welcome The Apollo 11 crew triumphantly traverse Broadway and Park Avenue in a New York City ticker tape parade on August 13, 1969. You can spot Aldrin, Armstrong, and Collins in the lead car. MORE TO READ RELATED The world’s biggest radio telescope is finally open to international scientists With the loss of Arecibo, collaboration with China becomes all the more important for space research. READ NOW RELATED Ingenuity flew on Mars. Now NASA will push it to the brink of destruction. Where NASA is going, they don’t need roads.... RELATED 5,000 tons of ancient ‘extraterrestrial dust’ fall on Earth each year Earth is basically a gigantic cosmic dustbin.