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Relive the moon landing with these photos of the Apollo 11 mission

Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
In this July 20, 1969, photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, accompanied on the journey by Michael Collins.

It was an event that mesmerized people around the globe as the world watched the landing from their television screens.

Revisit some of the biggest moments from the Apollo 11 mission — from before takeoff to their celebration back home — in the photos below.

Before liftoff

NASA | MCT
NASA | MCT
In this June 10, 1969, file photo, the Apollo 11 crew conducting a crew compartment fit and functional check of the equipment and storage locations in their command module. Peering from the hatch, from left: Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot.
NASA | MCT
NASA | MCT
In this 1969 file photo, Mission commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Michael Collins, and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin prepare to ride the special transport van to Launch Complex 39A.

The launch

NASA | AP
NASA | AP
In this July 16, 1969, photo made available by NASA, the 363-feet Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 11 crew, launches from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Ron Frehm | AP
Ron Frehm | AP
In this July 16, 1969, file photo people watch the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launch on multiple TV's at a Sears department store in White Plains, N.Y.

The landing

Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
In this July 20, 1969, photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity.
Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
In this July 20, 1969, photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin Jr. stands next to the Passive Seismic Experiment device on the surface of the the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
In this July 20, 1969, photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin Jr. descends a ladder from the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 mission.
Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
Neil Armstrong | NASA via AP
In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Aldrin and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface with temperatures ranging from 243 degrees above to 279 degrees below zero. Astronaut Michael Collins flew the command module.
Neil Armstrong | AP
Neil Armstrong | AP
This July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA shows pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. For the 50th anniversary of the landing, Omega issued a limited edition Speedmaster watch, a tribute to the one that Aldrin wore to the moon. (Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP)

The return home

Michael Collins | NASA via AP
Michael Collins | NASA via AP
In this July 21, 1969, photo made available by NASA, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, approaches the Command and Service Modules for docking in lunar orbit. Astronaut Michael Collins remained with the CSM in lunar orbit while the other two crewmen explored the moon's surface. In the background the Earth rises above the lunar horizon.
Buzz Aldrin | NASA via AP
Buzz Aldrin | NASA via AP
In this July 21, 1969, photo made available by NASA, astronaut Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, sits inside the Lunar Module after he and Buzz Aldrin completed their extravehicular activity on the surface of the moon.
Milt Putnam | U.S. Navy via AP
Milt Putnam | U.S. Navy via AP
In this July 24, 1969, photo from the U.S. Navy, Lt. Clancy Hatleberg closes the Apollo 11 spacecraft hatch as astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, Jr., await helicopter pickup from their life raft after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, 900 miles southwest of Hawaii, returning to Earth from a successful lunar landing mission.

The celebration

NASA via AP | BDN
NASA via AP | BDN
In this July 24, 1969, photo made available by NASA, flight controllers at the Mission Operations Control Room in the Mission Control Center at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, celebrate the successful conclusion of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.
File | AP
File | AP
In this July 24, 1969, file photo, President Richard Nixon gives an "OK" sign as he greets Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin in a quarantine van aboard the USS Hornet after splashdown and recovery in the Pacific Ocean.
Fred Bunch | Houston Chronicle via AP
Fred Bunch | Houston Chronicle via AP
In this Aug. 16, 1969, file photo, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin waves from a convertible during a parade in Houston. Aldrin had a long list of accomplishments by the time NASA chose him for the third astronaut group in 1963: third in his class at West Point, fighter pilot in Korea, Air Force officer, a doctorate in astronautics. He was dubbed Dr. Rendezvous for his expertise in orbital dockings.
File | AP
File | AP
In this Aug. 13, 1969, file photo, people line 42nd Street in New York to cheer Apollo 11 astronauts, in lead car from left, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong, traveling east on 42nd street, toward the United Nations.


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