Vintage Big Pic: NASA Mission Control Celebrates The Return Of Apollo 11

NASA partying like it's 1969!

Mission Control, Houston, July 24, 1969

NASA

Apollo 11 landed on the moon 44 years ago on July 20, 1969. Then, four days later, the command module of the spacecraft landed back on Earth. This photo shows flight controllers celebrating their success July 24, 1969.

You can check out other bits of Apollo 11 history here on Popular Science. See a page from the flight plan, read 10 quirky facts about the mission and learn about some moon dust samples that had gotten misplaced until just this past May.