The weather was brilliant for launch. Winds were out of the southeast at around 10 mph, the temperature was in the mid-80s, and the clouds were at 15,000 feet. Four days after that, the human race took their first steps on the moon.

In honor of the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, we have chosen some of the best lunar photos from our Capital Weather Gang Flickr group. We have some pretty amazing photographers contributing there! Enjoy.

The supermoon rises over Reagan National Airport on July 12, 2014. (josephgruber via Flickr)

Waning Crescent from Long Bridge park with view of Air Force Memorial on July 1, 2014. (wolfkann via Flicker)

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The waxing gibbous moon on January 12, 2014. (Jim Knapp via Flickr)

The moon just after sunset at Great Falls. (Navin Sarma via Flickr)

The moon on July 14, 2014. (pablo.raw via Flickr)

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The moon and Venus on March 27, 2014. (josephgruber via Flickr)

The waxing crescent moon on February 5, 2014. (jimknapp via Flicker)

A sliver of crescent moon on January 31, 2014. (wolfkann via Flickr)

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An orange moon behind cirrus clouds on February 20, 2014. (wolfpackWX via Flickr)

The capital and the moon on March 15, 2014. (aon via Flickr)

Crescent moon rising over D.C. on April 26, 2014. (jimknapp via Flickr)