Seattle Photographer Daniel Sheehan's Photo Blog

Man On the Moon – 40 years ago.

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Apollo 11 Revisited Above, view from Apollo 11 command vehicle “Columbia” of the moon with the earth rising on the horizon.

I find it hard to believe that it is 40 years ago since we first went to the moon. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the July 16, 1969 launch of Apollo 11, with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. aboard. The entire trip lasted only 8 days, the time spent on the surface was less than one day, the entire time spent walking on the moon, a mere 2 1/2 hours – but they were surely historic hours. Below are a few of the 40 images that the Boston Globe blog “The Big Picture” has collected from this event and posted. They are amazing to reconsider.

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The Saturn V rocket lifts off on July 16th, 1969.

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On the surface of the Moon, astronaut Buzz Aldrin as photographed by Neil Armstrong (visible in reflection).

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Eagle approaches the Command Module during rendezvous after lifting off from the Moon.

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