PREVIOUS GALLERY: Trans-Lunar: Rarely Seen Photos Inside Apollo 11
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the lunar surface, the first time in history that humans had set foot on another world. Command Module pilot Michael Collins remained in orbit around the moon waiting for the pair to return. During the voyage to the moon and during extravehicular activities on lunar surface, three Hasselblad 500EL cameras were used to chronicle the historic mission.
Painstakingly collected David Woods, Ken MacTaggart and Frank O'Brien of NASA's History Division,
photographs recovered from the numerous reels of film from these cameras have been digitized and archived to the online Apollo Flight Journal
To commemorate 45 years to the day since Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins made history, here is a small selection of photographs from the Journal that aren't so commonly seen online.
In this photo, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module "Eagle", carrying Armstrong and Aldrin to the moon's surface, undocks from the Command Module (with Collins inside), to begin the descent phase of the mission.
Special thanks to space historian Amy Shira Teitel