Photos: Apollo 11 moon-landing mission

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In this July 16, 1969 file photo, Neil Armstrong waving in front, heads for the van that will take the crew to the rocket for launch to the moon at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Fla. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP Photo/File)

A Japanese woman watches her TV screen as President Richard Nixon is superimposed on a live TV broadcast of the Apollo 11 astronauts salute from the Moon, July 21, 1969, Tokyo, Japan. The woman is unidentified. (AP Photo)

A Japanese family watch their TV screen as President Richard Nixon is superimposed on a live TV Broadcast of the Apollo 11 astronauts salute from the Moon, July 21, 1969, Tokyo, Japan. The family is unidentified. (AP Photo)

Apollo 11 astronauts stand next to their spacecraft in 1969, from left to right: Col. Edwin E. Aldrin, lunar module pilot; Neil Armstrong, flight commander; and Lt. Michael Collins, command module pilot. (AP Photo)

In this photo taken July 24, 1969 U.S. President Richard Nixon, back to camera, greets the Apollo 11 astronauts in the quarantine van on board the U.S.S. Hornet after splashdown and recovery July 24, 1969. The Apollo 11 crew from left: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. Splashdown was east of Wake Island, and south of Johnston Atoll. The first landing of a human being on the moon on July 20, 1969 celebrate its 40th anniversary this year 2009. (AP Photo/File)

In this July 16, 1969 file photo, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong gives a thumbs up signal as the three Apollo astronauts walk to the transfer van en route to the Saturn Five rocket ready to blast off for the moon, July 16, 1969, Cape Kennedy, Fla. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he has died at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP Photo)

In this July 20, 1969 black-and-white file photo, taken from a television monitor, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, right, trudging across the surface of the moon. Edwin E. Aldrin is seen closer to the craft. NASA may not be going to the moon anytime soon and its space shuttles are about to be retired, but it could conceivably increase the number of agency jobs under a new reorganization, NASA's chief said Thursday. (AP Photo, File)

In this Aug. 13, 1969 file photo, amid ticker tape and American flags, Apollo 11 astronauts wave to welcoming New Yorkers during parade up lower Broadway on Wednesday, in New York. The spacemen, from left, are Michael Collins, Edwin Aldrin, Jr., and Neil A. Armstrong. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams, file)

Apollo 11 spaceflight commander and the first man to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong, center, is shown with his fellow spacemen, Edwin Buzz Aldrin, center, and Michael Collins arrived back, July 27, 1969, Houston, Tex. (AP Photo)

In this July 24, 1969 file photo U.S. Navy personnel, protected by Biological Isolation Garments, is recovering the Apollo 11 crew from the re-entry vehicle, which landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969, after an eight day mission on the moon. The first landing of a human being on the moon on July 20, 1969 celebrate its 40th anniversary this year 2009. (AP Photo/File)

U.S. Navy personnel, protected by Biological Isolation Garments, are recovering the Apollo 11 crew from the re-entry vehicle, which landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969, after an eight day mission on the moon. (AP Photo)

Apollo 11 crew boarding a recovery helicopter, July 24, 1969. (AP Photo)

Apollo 11 crew leaving recovery helicopter, July 24, 1969. (AP Photo)

American servicemen pause on a downtown Saigon, Vietnam street to read a local newspaper account of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, July 21, 1969. From left are Air Force Sgt. Michael Chivaris, Clinton, Mass.; Army Spec. 4 Andrew Hutchins, Middlebury, Vt.; Air Force Sgt. John Whalin, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Army Spec. 4 Lloyd Newton, Roseburg, Org. (AP Photo/Hugh Van Es)

In this July 20, 1969 file photo, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong walks slowly away from the lunar module to explore the surface of the moon. (AP Photo, file)

In this July 20, 1969 file photo, a crowd watches, as the Apollo 11 crew lands on the moon, in Central Park, New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, file)

Astronaut Michael Collins wears the space helmet for the Apollo 11 moon mission, on July 20, 1969. He?ll be in the command module when fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin Jr. descend on the lunar surface in the lunar module to take a walk on the moon early Monday. (AP Photo)

A crowd watches as the Apollo 11 crew lands on the moon, July 20, 1969, Central Park, New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong walks slowly away from the lunar module to explore the surface of the moon, July 20, 1969. (AP Photo)

A footprint left by one of the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission shows in the soft, powder surface of the moon on July 20, 1969. Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Air Force Col. Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon after blastoff from Cape Kennedy, Fla., on July 16, 1969. They headed back home from the lunar surface on July 21, 1969. The end of man's first voyage to another planet ended with a splashdown 950 miles southwest of Hawaii, thus achieving President John F.Kennedy's challenge to land men on the moon before the end of the 1960s. (AP Photo/NASA)

A view of the Apollo Command Module with astronaut Michael Collins aboard as seen from the Lunar Module, July 20, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin in the Lunar Module have separated from Apollo 11 and prepare to go to the lunar surface. Moon terrain in background is the far side of the moon. (AP Photo/NASA)

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage is photographed from the command service module during rendezvous in lunar orbit, July 20, 1969. The large dark colored area in the background is Smith's Sea. The Earth rises above the lunar horizon. (AP Photo/NASA)

This photograph of astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, was taken inside the Lunar Module while it rested on the lunar surface, July 20, 1969. Astronauts Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, had already completed their extravehicular activity when this picture was made. (AP Photo/NASA)

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, descends steps of Lunar Module ladder as he prepares to walk on the moon, July 20, 1969. This picture was taken by astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Commander, with a 70mm surface camera. (AP Photo/NASA/Neil A. Armstrong)

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, prepares to deploy the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) during Apollo 11 lunar surface extravehicular activity, July 20, 1969. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this photograph with a 70 mm lunar surface camera. Aldrin is removing the EASEP from its stowed position. (AP Photo/NASA/Neil A. Armstrong)

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)

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin carries scientific experiments to a deployment site south of the lunar module Eagle. One experiment involved the inner composition of the moon, and another tried to determine the exact distance from Earth. Photo was taken by Neil Armstrong of the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA/Neil Armstrong)

An estimated 10,000 persons gather to watch giant television screens in New York's Central Park and cheer as astronaut Neil Armstrong takes man's first step on the moon on July 20, 1969. The Apollo 11 lunar mission was launched July 16. (AP Photo)

Wives of the three Apollo 11 astronauts make a joint appearance on July 18, 1969 at one of their homes near the Space Center in Houston as their husbands continued the historical flight to the moon. From left: Mrs. Neil A. Armstrong, whose husband is scheduled to be the first man to step on the moon; Mrs. Michael Collins and Mrs. Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. (AP Photo)

Mrs. Jan Armstrong registers pleasure over a picture of her husband, Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, taken during a telecast from the spacecraft and beamed back to earth, July 18, 1969. In the rear seat is son, Mark, 6. (AP Photo)

Mrs. Joan Aldrin, wife of Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Col. Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., is shown in different expressions as she talked with newsmen at her home near the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas on July 17, 1969 after the successful launch. (AP Photo)

Thousands of newsmen and photographers line the banks of a lagoon at the Cape Kennedy Press Site on July 16, 1969 as the Saturn 5 Rocket with Apollo 11 astronauts aboard thunders from its launch pad three and a half miles away.

Mrs. Pat Collins wife of Apollo 11 command module pilot, Michael Collins and their children, Mike, 6; Ann, 7; and Kathleen, 10, gather on the lawn of the family home near the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, Texas, July 16, 1969 after the successful launch of Apollo 11 today. (AP Photo)

Apollo astronauts listen to Deke Slayton, director of flight crew operations for historic Apollo 11 flight, right, as they have their pre-flight breakfast at Cape Kennedy, Florida, on July 16, 1969. From left, they are Command Module pilot Michael Collins, Command Pilot Neil A. Armstrong, William A. Anders, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. Anders is a member of the Apollo 11 backup crew. (AP Photo)

Bikini clad hostesses of a Tokyo cabaret, led by their manager, shout "Banzai" cheers in Japanese, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, July 21, 1969. They were celebrating the successful landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module on the moon. The girls carry signs reading "Congratulation for successful landing on the Moon." The U.S. Embassy is not seen in this image. (AP Photo)

Flight path graphic of the Apollo 11 mission. Specific date unknown, circa 1969

View of the earth from the moon, taken from Apollo 11 in July of 1969.

In this July 1969 file photo, Astronaut Edwin Aldrin walks by the footpad of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. (AP/Photo, NASA, file)

A boy sitting on the shoulder of his father reaches out to shake the hand of Edwin Aldrin, visiting West Germany with the other Apollo 11 astronauts sitting with him in the car, as they are enthusiastically welcomed by the citizens of Cologne, October 12, 1969. (AP Photo/Heinrich Sanden Jr.)

Apollo 11 Astronauts wave from car to cheering New Yorkers during motorcade in midtown Manhattan, New York, on Aug. 13, 1969. From left are: Edwin Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong. United Nations Secretary General U Thant is seated in car, to right of Collins. New York Mayor John Lindsey has head turned, seated below Aldrin and Collins. (AP Photo)

New Yorkers line 42nd Street to cheer Apollo 11 astronauts, Aug. 13, 1969 . In lead car from left are: Edwin Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong, who return the greeting with waves. Motorcade is travelling East on 42nd street, towards the United Nations. (AP PHoto/STF)

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. walks on the surface of the moon, July 30, 1969, with seismogaphic equipment which he just set up. The flag like object on a pole is a solar wind experiment and in the background is the Lunar Landing Module. (AP Photo/NASA/Neil Armstrong) (AP Photo/NASA/Neil Armstrong)

The Apollo 11 crew in their isolation trailer, left to right: Neil Armstrong; Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins, are greeted by their wives, left to right: Pat Collins; Jan Armstrong and Joan Aldrin, after the spacemen arrived at Ellington AFB near the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Tex., on July 27, 1969. (AP Photo/Dave Taylor)

After an eight day mission on the moon, the Apollo 11 command module lands in the Pacific Ocean and is about to be safely recovered by U.S. Navy helicopters on July 24, 1969. (AP Photo)

After an eight day mission on the moon, the Apollo 11 command module lands in the Pacific Ocean and the crew waits to be picked up by U.S. Navy personnel on July 24, 1969. (AP Photo)

President Richard Nixon looks at the Apollo 11 astronauts in the isolation unit aboard the USS Hornet after splashdown and recovery, July 24, 1969. The astronauts, left to right, are: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. (AP Photo)

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, stands on the lunar surface after the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. The Lunar Module is seen in the background. (AP PHOTO)

Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., are riding in this spacecraft as it lifts off the pad at Cape Kennedy, Fl., July 16, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA)

This photo, taken July 16, 1969, shows Apollo 11 crew members, led by Neil Armstrong, heading for the van that will take them to the rocket for the launch to the moon. (AP Photo/NASA)

The Project Apollo 11 blastoff to the moon from Cape Kennedy, Florida, July 16, 1969. (AP Photo/NASA)

Astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin walks by the footpad of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, July 1969. (AP Photo/NASA)

The Apollo 11 crew members stand before a lunar module mockup in a pose for photographs before they started training session for their July moon journey in Cape Kennedy, Florida, Thursday, June 19, 1969. From left: command pilot Michael Collins, commander Neil A. Armstrong and lunar module pilot Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. (AP Photo)

The Apollo 11 command module pilot astronaut Michael Collins, takes it easy during a break in the training for the July moon landing journey in Cape Kennedy, Florida, June 19, 1969. Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., will take a walk on the lunar surface and Collins will circle alone in moon orbit. (AP Photo)

Berliners stand in front of a TV shop and look through the window to observe the start of the Apollo 11 space mission on television, June 16, 1969, Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Edwin Reichert)