Photos: Apollo 11 mission to the moon

Apollo 11 mission to the moon

What put man on the moon 40 years ago was an audacious and public effort that the world hasn't seen before or since..

In this July 12, 1969 file photo, the spot on the moon where Apollo 11 astronauts will aim for in their landing in the first attempt by man to land on the moon is pointed out by Rocco Petrone, director of launch operations at the space complex, Cape Kennedy, Fla. (AP Photo/Jim Kerlin)

Thousands of persons who camped out on beaches and roads adjacent to the Kennedy Space Center to watch the Apollo 11 Liftoff.

Apollo 11 spacecraft is rolled to the launch pad atop a Saturn V rocket.

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong prepares to put on his helmet with the assistance of a spacesuit technician during suiting operations prior to the astronauts' departure to Launch Pad 39A.

Commander Neil A. Armstrong leads astronauts Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. from the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building to the transfer van for the eight-mile trip to Pad 39A.

Every console was manned in firing room 1 of the Kennedy Space Flight Center control center during the launch countdown for Apollo 11.

The Apollo 11 mission launches from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.

Vice President Spiro Agnew and former President Lyndon B. Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11.

Mission officials relax in the Launch Control Center following the successful liftoff. From left to right are: Charles W. Mathews, Deputy Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight; Dr. Wernher von Braun, Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center; George Mueller, Associate Administrator for the Office of Manned Space Flight; Lt. Gen. Samuel C. Phillips, Director of the Apollo Program.

The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle climbs toward orbit after liftoff.

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module "Eagle," in a landing configuration is photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Modules "Columbia".

Most of Africa and portions of Europe and Asia can be seen in this photograph taken from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during its translunar coast toward the moon. Apollo 11 was already about 98,000 nautical miles from earth when this picture was made.

In this July 20, 1969 file photo, Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, descends steps of Lunar Module ladder as he prepares to walk on the moon.

One of the first steps taken on the Moon, this is an image of Buzz Aldrin's bootprint from the Apollo 11 mission.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface.

Aldrin walks by the footpad of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module.

Mission control personnel watch the Apollo 11 astronauts walk on the moon.

In this July 20, 1969 file photo, Neil A. Armstrong is seen inside the Lunar Module while the LM rested on the lunar surface.

Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is photographed walking near the lunar module.

Neil Armstrong took this photo of Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. inside the lunar module.

Aldrin Looks Back at Tranquility Base.

Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag.

The Apollo 11 lunar module rises from the moon's surface for docking with the command module and the trip back to earth.

The Apollo 11 crew await pickup by a helicopter from the USS Hornet. The fourth man in the life raft is a United States Navy underwater demolition team swimmer. All four men are wearing biological isolation suits.

President Richard M. Nixon was in the central Pacific recovery area to welcome the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the U.S.S. Hornet.

NASA and Manned Spacecraft Center officials join the flight controllers in celebrating the conclusion of the Apollo 11 mission.

New York City welcomes the Apollo 11 crew in a ticker tape parade down Broadway and Park Avenue.

Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin, Jr., in a showering of ticker tape down Broadway and Park Avenue.