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12 Time Lines

Above: Astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. poses

for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on

the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20,

1969. Aldrin and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong

were the first men to walk on the lunar surface with

temperatures ranging from 243 degrees above to

279 degrees below zero. Astronaut Michael Collins

flew the command module. The trio was launched

to the moon by a Saturn V launch vehicle at 9:32

a.m. EDT, July 16, 1969. They departed the moon

July 21, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA/Neil A. Armstrong)

Left: View of the earth from the moon, taken from

Apollo 11 in July of 1969.