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Apollo 11 Launch: 40 Years Later

A look back at July 16, 1969, a day etched into American history when Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center for NASA's historic lunar mission.

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July 16, 1969: Apollo 11 astronauts stand next to their spacecraft in 1969, from left to right: Col. Edwin E. Aldrin, lunar module pilot; Neil Armstrong, flight commander; and Lt. Michael Collins, command module pilot.

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July 16, 1969: NASA ground crew at the Kennedy Space Center announces "We have liftoff," as Apollo 11 launches for the first ever manned mission to land on the moon.

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July 16, 1969: Apollo 11 launches from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, with Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin.

 

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July 16, 1969: This image captures the launch of Apollo 11 on the first manned space mission to land on the Moon.

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July 16, 1969: Apollo 11 makes history on the journey to the moon for the first ever lunar landing by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

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July 16, 1969: Apollo 11 flight crew prepares to board the space craft before liftoff from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

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Apollo 11 Launch: 40 Years Later

A look back at July 16, 1969, a day etched into American history when Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center for NASA's historic lunar mission.

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