Rare Photos Reveal Fascinating Views of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Unknown to many, there are plenty of fascinating images from the historic Apollo 11 mission housed in NASA’s online archives.

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of the historic mission, here is a photo gallery of the rare and intimate moments from the mission, featuring astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Feast your eyes on the photographs below.

Mike Collins command module pilot and a floating camera
apollo11-bPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

Looking back to our home planet on the way to the Moon
apollo11-cPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

Close-up photo of the docking target on the roof of Lunar Module (LM) as seen from the Command Module (CM) as it dockedapollo11-dPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

Buzz Aldrin listening to mission control transmission during translunar coastapollo11-ePhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

LM from CM window after undockingapollo11-fPhoto: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center

Armstrong’s first photo after setting foot on the Moonapollo11-gPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

Aldrin in LM after historic moonwalkapollo11-hPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

Ascending LM and Earthriseapollo11-iPhoto: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center

Going home: crescent Earth during trans-Earth coast showing the coast of Somaliaapollo11-jPhoto: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center

Apollo 11 crewmen await pickup by helicopter following splashdown on July 24, 1969apollo11-kPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

Apollo 11 astronauts, still in quarantine van, are greeted by wives upon arrival at Ellington AFB on July 27, 1969apollo11-lPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive

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