A Celebration in Photographs: 50 favourite images from Apollo 11

Feel the excitement as the mission stirred at home and abroad in our gallery of archival images celebrating the moon landing's 50th anniversary.Friday, 19 July 2019

By Catherine Zuckerman
A crowd gathers on Cocoa Beach to watch the Apollo 11 mission blast off from Cape Kennedy (now called Cape Canaveral) at 9:32 a.m. ET, aboard a Saturn V rocket. In use until 1973, the Saturn V is still the most powerful rocket that has ever flown.
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On July 20, 1969, the world held its breath as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin made the first steps on the moon. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark moment, we’ve curated a gallery of 50 archival photographs that offer a rare and intimate glimpse at the mission and the global excitement it stirred.