Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, photographed by Neil Armstrong (visible in reflection). Buzz Aldrin: "As I walked away from the Eagle Lunar Module, Neil said 'Hold it, Buzz', so I stopped and turned around, and then he took what has become known as the 'Visor' photo. I like this photo because it captures the moment of a solitary human figure against the horizon of the Moon, along with a reflection in my helmet's visor of our home away from home, the Eagle, and of Neil snapping the photo. Here we were, farther away from the rest of humanity than any two humans had ever ventured. Yet, in another sense, we became inextricably connected to the hundreds of millions watching us more than 240,000 miles away. In this one moment, the world came together in peace for all mankind." (quoted with permission from Apollo Through the Eyes of the Astronauts).
This summer marks the 40th anniversary that mankind traveled to the surface of the moon (and back!) on the Apollo 11 mission. Take a visual vacation back to the summer of 1969 by viewing 40 photographs featured on The Boston Globe's website: Remembering Apollo 11.
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 towards the moon. Apollo 11 was already 98,000 nautical miles from Earth when this picture was made on July 17, 1969.
A close-up view of astronaut Buzz Aldrin's boot and boot print in the lunar soil, photographed with a 70mm lunar surface camera during the Apollo 11 lunar surface extravehicular activity (EVA) on July 20, 1969.