July 1969: Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing Close Encounters.

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<ul><li><p> July 1969: Apollo 11 and the first lunar landing Close Encounters</p></li><li><p>This photograph was taken from Apollo 11 as it approached the moon. </p></li><li><p>The lunar lander floats free on its way to the moon's surface. </p></li><li><p>Astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes up his post as lunar module pilot. This picture was taken by commander Neil Armstrong before the landing. </p></li><li><p>Buzz Aldrin stands on the moon's surface next to the lunar module on July 20, 1969. The astronauts' footprints are clearly visible in the foreground. </p></li><li><p>Buzz Aldrin poses next to the flag during an unscheduled photo session. The lunar module is on the left. </p></li><li><p>Buzz Aldrin works to set up experiments during Apollo 11's single 2.5-hour moonwalk. This is the solar wind composition experiment, part of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package, or EASEP. </p></li><li><p>Buzz Aldrin, struck by all the bootprints he and Neil Armstrong were making, took this photograph. Commander Armstrong took most of the pictures on the moon. </p></li><li><p>Buzz Aldrin's helmet visor catches the reflection of photographer Neil Armstrong. This is the only photo actually showing Armstrong on the lunar surface. </p></li><li><p>Neil Armstrong, tired but elated, sits in the lunar lander before takeoff. </p></li><li><p>This view of Earth rising over the moon's horizon was taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft. </p></li><li><p>The lunar module's ascent stage nears the Apollo 11 command module with Earthrise in the background. The picture was taken by Michael Collins, who remained in lunar orbit. </p></li><li><p>Earth appears in half shadow, as photographed from the returning Apollo 11 spacecraft. </p></li><li><p>President Richard Nixon meets the Apollo 11 astronauts while they were still in quarantine after their return to Earth. </p></li></ul>

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