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Apollo 11, Wernher von Braun Relaxes After Launch, 1969

Apollo 11, Wernher von Braun Relaxes After Launch, 1969 Stock Photo

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3166 x 4200 px | 26.8 x 35.6 cm | 10.6 x 14 inches | 300dpi

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21 March 2019

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Wernher von Braun, the first director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, relaxes following the successful launch of Apollo 11. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Command module pilot Michael Collins flew the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.

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