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
Photo: NASA/Project Apollo Archive
Looking back to our home planet on the way to the MoonPhoto: 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 dockedPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive
Buzz Aldrin listening to mission control transmission during translunar coastPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive
LM from CM window after undockingPhoto: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center
Armstrong’s first photo after setting foot on the MoonPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive
Aldrin in LM after historic moonwalkPhoto: NASA/Project Apollo Archive
Ascending LM and EarthrisePhoto: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center
Going home: crescent Earth during trans-Earth coast showing the coast of SomaliaPhoto: Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center
Apollo 11 crewmen await pickup by helicopter following splashdown on July 24, 1969Photo: NASA/Project Apollo Archive
Apollo 11 astronauts, still in quarantine van, are greeted by wives upon arrival at Ellington AFB on July 27, 1969Photo: NASA/Project Apollo Archive