Most photos of the moonwalk show Buzz Aldrin, as Armstrong was taking photographs using a Hasselblad camera.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot of the first lunar landing mission, poses for a photograph beside the deployed United States flag during an Apollo 11 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. The Lunar Module (LM) is on the left, and the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible in the soil of the Moon. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, took this picture with a 70mm Hasselblad lunar surface camera. While astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the LM, the “Eagle”, to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the Moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) “Columbia” in lunar-orbit.
Bright sunlight glints and long dark shadows dramatize this image of the lunar surface taken by Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first to walk on the Moon. Pictured is the mission's lunar module, the Eagle, and spacesuited lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin unfurling a long sheet of foil also known as the Solar Wind Collector. Exposed facing the Sun, the foil trapped atoms streaming outward in the solar wind, ultimately catching a sample of material from the Sun itself. Along with moon rocks and lunar soil samples, the solar wind collector was returned for analysis in earthbound laboratories.
Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. is photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the lunar surface. In the right background is the Lunar Module “Eagle.” On Aldrin's right is the Solar Wind Composition (SWC) experiment already deployed.
Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin carries the Passive Seismic Experiments Package (PSEP) (left) and the Laser Ranging Retroreflector (LRRR) (right), to the deployment area. These two experiments make up the Early Apollo Scientific Experiment Package (EASEP). Image taken at Tranquility Base during the Apollo 11 Mission.
Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. is photographed deploying the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the Moon. Here, he is deploying the Passive Seismic Experiments Package (PSEP). Already deployed is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR-3), which can be seen to the left and further in the background. In the center background is the Lunar Module (LM). A flag of the United States is deployed near the LM. In the far left background is the deployed black and white lunar surface television camera.
Astronaut Edwin F. Aldrin Jr. walks on the Moon near a leg of the Lunar Module during Apollo 11 extravehicular activity.
Completing the mission brought a huge sense of accomplishment to the astronauts.
Neil Armstrong inside the Lunar Module as it rests on the lunar surface after completion of his historic moonwalk.
This interior view of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module shows astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, during the lunar landing mission. This picture was taken by astronaut Neil Armstrong prior to the moon landing.
After achieving the goal of landing on the moon, the crew of Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin) returned home to Earth on July 24th, 1969.
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