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The entire world was captivated by NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing 45 years ago this week, but at the time, the mission's success was far from certain.
Novato resident Don Shields stands by as a seven-tenths scale replica of an Apollo lunar module is assembled at the Space Station Museum in Novato Tuesday.
Forty-five years ago, while the world watched as one, the United States of America set foot on the moon.
President Barack Obama meets with surviving members of Apollo 11, Astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin during a visit in the Oval Office at the White House Tuesday.
A view of Earth on July 16, 1969, the day the Apollo 11 mission launched. The Apollo 11 crew captured this shot, mostly of the Pacific Ocean and some of the west coast of North America.
Bluford became the first African-American to shuttle into space in 1983 as a member of the Space Shuttle Challenger on the mission STS-8.
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NASA has honored one of its most famous astronauts by renaming a key building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The Apollo 11 landing site at the Sea of Tranquility imaged by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's camera in 2012.
He took the snap, which has been highlighted as part of the 45th anniversary celebrations of the first moon landing, while taking part in a training mission He might not have quite managed to be the first man on the moon but astronaut Buzz Aldrin can lay claim to taking the first ever space selfie.
Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin, left, and Neil Armstrong, right, participate in a panel discussion during the National Aviation Hall of Fame Spirit of Flight Award at National Museum of the USAF, Friday, July 17, 2009 in Dayton, Ohio.
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the very first moon landing, an artist recut the footage with Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
When mission commander Neil Armstrong finally took the "small step," I was watching in the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
Forty-five years ago, the world watched as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," becoming the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - On that historic Sunday 45 years ago, America collectively gathered around its television sets - enormous, bulky pieces of furniture back then - to watch as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin brought the Apollo 11 lunar lander to the surface of the moon.
And with those words, beamed back to Earth 45 years ago today , Neil Armstrong stepped off a lunar lander, onto the moons surface and into the halls of history.
Updated: Wed Jul 23, 2014 02:12 am
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