The photo taken by NASA on July 16, 1969 shows the huge spacecraft Apollo 11 107 / Moon Module S / Saturn 506 (Apollo 11) high, launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), at 9:32 am (EDT).
Apollo is the program of NASA launched in 1961 and which allowed the man to move on the moon.
The first four flights tested the Apollo program equipment and six of the remaining seven managed to land on the moon.
The first inhabited mission on the Moon was Apollo 8, which surrounded her on Christmas Eve in 1968 but did not land.
The Apollo 9 crew made Earth orbit around the Earth for ten days and flew the first lunar module – the section of the Apollo rocket that landed Neil Armstrong on the Moon.
The Apollo 11 mission was the first to land on the moon on July 20, 1969.
The capsule landed on the sea of tranquility, carrying mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.
Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the lunar surface while Collins remained in orbit around the moon.
When Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, he said: "It's a small step for (a) man; a giant step for humanity. & # 39;
Apollo 12 landed later this year on November 19 on the Storm Ocean, writes NASA.
Apollo 13 was to be the third mission to land on the moon, but nearly 56 hours after the flight, an explosion in an oxygen tank forced the crew to cancel the lunar landing and to pass through. the lunar module Aquarius to return to Earth.
Apollo 15 was the ninth inhabited lunar mission in the Apollo space program and was considered at the time to be the most successful manned spaceflight so far because of its long duration and greater emphasis on scientific exploration by report to previous missions.
The last landing on the Apollo Moon took place in 1972 after 12 astronauts in total landed on the lunar surface.
Astronaut Edwin's Buzz & # 39; Aldrin describes lunar module experiences on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Photographed by Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969