On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to make an attempt at the first manned landing on the lunar surface. 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 left Earth, here is a small selection of photographs from the Journal that aren't so commonly seen online.
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In this photo, Armstrong works inside Apollo 11's Command Module shortly after launch while the spacecraft was in Earth orbit awaiting separation and rendezvous maneuvers before being boosted in the direction of the moon.
Special thanks to space historian
Amy Shira Teitel