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THESE APOLLO 11 MISSION PHOTOS WILL TRANSPORT YOU BACK TO A REMARKABLE DAY IN HISTORY

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history when he landed on the moon with Buzz Aldrin and took that first “small step for mankind” on the lunar surface. Forty-five years later, we remember that day during the Apollo 11 mission as one that changed the world forever.

While you’ve probably seen the iconic picture of Buzz Aldrin next to the U.S. flag, you probably haven’t seen these behind the scenes photos of the Apollo 11 mission. So check out photos of their launch day breakfast and suiting up to leave the earth here.

(Photos: NASA History Office and the NASA JSC Media Services Center)

The evening skies over the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. burst into life in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the lunar landing. Commemorating this historical achievement, a replica of the Saturn IB rocket was built on the grounds of the Center. On July 19, 1999, the evening of the anniversary, thousands of onlookers cheered as fireworks lit up the night sky behind the massive Saturn V rocket.

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46 years ago, the world watched in wonder as Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the Moon. Now, the Smithsonian is launching an initiative to conserve and digitize the spacesuit that protected Armstrong on that historic mission – moon dust and all – so that it can go on display in time for the Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary. Help share this iconic treasure with explorers everywhere!

You can read more about the Reboot the Suit project on the blog of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.