This Is the Apollo 11 Moon Landing As You’ve Never Seen It Before

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July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin each have their feet on the vast alien landscape of the Moon. Above them, Michael Collins, the third crewmember of Apollo 11, controls the Command Module that will eventually take the astronauts back to Earth. But for now Armstrong and Aldrin explore the surface of the Moon, taking a multitude of pictures. Some of these awe-inspiring images will become instantly iconic, while others will be lost to time – well, until now.

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That’s because in September 2015 – a whole 46 years after Apollo 11 set down on the Moon – the Project Apollo Archive released a veritable treasure trove of photographs captured by astronauts on all of the manned Apollo missions. The images were scanned by NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

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The collection covers all four years of the manned Apollo missions, from 1968’s Apollo 7 to 1972’s Apollo 17. All in all, there are around 13,000 images offering a unique glimpse into these most historic of events.

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