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Beautiful photos of the Apollo 11 mission continue to appear almost 50 years after the first person who walked on the moon.
Michael Collins, who was the pilot of the control module during the historic flight, shared what he said was an unpublished photo of the three astronauts of the crew.
"The crew found this at the bottom of a box, do not think it was used by @NASA. #TBT @TheRealBuzz," Collins tweeted Thursday with the hashtag "Throwback Thursday".
The picture shows Collins standing against a replica of the moon. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong are photographed on the other side of the moon, Armstrong's hand on Aldrin's shoulder.
Collins had also signed the photo at some point.
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USA TODAY asked NASA to comment on this photo.
The Orlando Sentinel, which publishes a commemorative book of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission filled with photographs from 1969, said that its staff members did not remember having ever seen the photo after consulting the book of the NASA and its archives.
Collins, who is now 88, was part of the three-man Apollo 11 crew, which made the first inhabited lunar landing in July 1969. While Armstrong and Aldrin landed and walked on the surface of the moon, Collins remained in lunar orbit.
Collins was also part of the Gemini 10 mission, which was his first spaceflight and first outing.
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