40th Anniversary

July 16th 1969: The Apollo 11 spacecraft is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39 at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000170" title="Kennedy Space Center" href="/topic/science-technology/space-programs/kennedy-space-center-PLCUL000170.topic">Kennedy Space Center</a> in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100400000000" title="Florida" href="/topic/us/florida-PLGEO100100400000000.topic">Florida</a>. On board the spacecraft are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST000455" title="Michael Collins" href="/topic/arts-culture/michael-collins-PEHST000455.topic">Michael Collins</a> and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. Apollo 11 was <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV0000001" title="United States" href="/topic/politics/government/national-government/united-states-ORGOV0000001.topic">the United States</a>' first lunar landing mission. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

July 16th 1969: The Apollo 11 spacecraft is launched from Pad A, Launch Complex 39 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On board the spacecraft are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. Apollo 11 was the United States' first lunar landing mission. (Photo by Space Frontiers/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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