Trans-Lunar: Rarely Seen Photos Inside Apollo 11
Moon Landing: Rarely Seen Photos Inside Apollo 11
On July 21, 1969, after only 22 hours on the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the moon, launching inside the Lunar Module's ascent stage to rendezvous with Command Module pilot Michael Collins, who had remained in lunar orbit for the whole mission. During the voyage to the moon, extravehicular activities on lunar surface, and during the three day journey back to Earth, 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 ascent stage, carrying Armstrong and Aldrin from the moon's surface, catches up with the Command Module (with Collins inside), to dock and begin the return trip back to Earth.
Special thanks to space historian Amy Shira Teitel.