NASA's Apollo 11 mission landed the first astronauts on the moon on July 20, 1969. See how it worked.

How the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Worked (Infographic) NASAs Apollo 11 mission landed the first astronauts on the moon on July See how it worked.

Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin stands on the moon near the American flag during NASA's historic first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong took the photo.

Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin stands on the moon near the American flag during NASA's historic first manned moon landing on July Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong took the photo.

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Rare photos reveal fascinating views of the Apollo 11 moon landing  You're looking at Buzz Aldrin lifting his boot before taking the photo of the most iconic footprint in history. It's one of the many discarded Apollo images stored in NASA's archives. Here's a collection of those rare, funny, intimate, and always fascinating views to celebrate the 45 anniversary of the landing on the Moon.

Rare photos reveal fascinating views of the Apollo 11 moon landing

Rare photos reveal fascinating views of the Apollo 11 moon landing You're looking at Buzz Aldrin lifting his boot before taking the photo of the most iconic footprint in history. It's one of the many discarded Apollo images stored in NASA's archives.

For centuries before Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the idea of going there stirred people's imaginations. See the 350-year history of moon exploration in this Space.com infographic.

Destination Moon: The History of Lunar Exploration (Infographic) Timeline traces the ideas that led up to the Apollo moon landings. By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist July 2014 ET Timeline traces the ideas that led up to the Apollo moon landings.

Apollo 11 Launch - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle climbs toward orbit on July 16, 1969, bearing astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr.  Armstrong and Aldrin would make history as the first men on the moon,

Apollo 11 Launch - The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle climbs toward orbit on July bearing astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Armstrong and Aldrin would make history as the first men on the moon,

NASA Apollo Program chief software engineer Margaret Hamilton: The software for the guidance computer was written by a team at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory (now the Draper Laboratory), headed up by Margaret Hamilton. Here's an amazing picture of her next to the code she and her colleagues wrote for the Apollo 11 guidance computer that made the moon landing possible. (Year??)

Meet Margaret Hamilton, the badass '60s programmer who saved the moon landing

Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton with the printout of the Apollo Guidance Computer software. You don't get people to the Moon without a ton of code, you know.

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Apollo 11 makes it to the moon on July Planting the first human footprint on the lunar soil Neil Armstrong said: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The Russians beat us to space but we beat them to the moon

The Apollo Command/Service Module 'Columbia', viewed from 'Eagle', stationed over the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11 mission, 20th July 1969. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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The Apollo Command/Service Module 'Columbia', viewed from 'Eagle', stationed over the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11 mission, July (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) - who was taking this photo? very dramatic and stunning, but.

See how the historic first manned moon landing worked in this SPACE.com infographic about Apollo 11.

See how the historic first manned moon landing worked in this SPACE.com infographic about Apollo 11.

These Apollo 11 Mission Photos Will Transport You Back To A Remarkable Day In History

PHOTOS: Rare Glimpses Of Historic Apollo 11 Mission

These Apollo 11 Mission Photos Will Transport You Back To A Remarkable Day In History

The Moon Landing as reported by the UK’s Daily Mirror

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