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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 07/20/2012

‘One small step’ 43 years later


This July 20, 1969, photo released by NASA shows astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. posing for a photograph beside the U.S. flag placed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (Neil A. Armstrong - AP)

On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon — the first human beings to do so.

The Apollo 11 mission is one of the great innovative triumphs of the modern age. The Washington Post’s entire A section was dedicated to the landing, featuring both photographs and five separate pieces on the landing.


The front page of The Washington Post on July 21, 1969, after the first moon walk. (The Washington Post)

Self-taught NASA photographer Bill Taub, who died in March 2010 at age 86, opened a window for the world on some of the nation’s most historical moments in spaceflight, including the Apollo 11 mission. Taub took nearly all of the official photographs for NASA. Below are some of the iconic photographs he took.


The crewmen of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission leave the Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) Manned Spacecraft Operations Building (MSOB) during the prelaunch countdown. The crewmen are about to ride the special transport van over to Launch Complex 39A where their spacecraft awaited them. Liftoff was at 9:32 a.m. (EDT), July 16, 1969. (NASA - NASA)

New York City welcomes Apollo 11 crewmen. Pictured in the lead car, from the right, are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot. The three astronauts teamed for the first manned lunar landing, on July 20, 1969. Taub's photographs appeared in Life magazine, Look, and National Geographic, among others. (NASA - NASA)

Do you remember where you were when man first set foot on the moon? Let us know in the comments.

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