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Apollo 11 Mission - 44th anniversary

Neil Armstrong trained for the historic Apollo 11 mission at the Lunar Landing Research Facility. This picture was taken in February 1969 -- just five months before Armstrong would become the first person to set foot on the surface of the moon. (NASA)

Humans take first steps on the moon

By Claudine Zap

Before there was the unmanned Mars rover Curiosity, there was the Apollo 11. Crew from that space flight included astronauts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, command module pilot. On July 20, 1969, Aldrin and Armstrong became the first humans to step on the moon’s surface, marking "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," as Armstrong said. Take a look at the historic mission, from training to ticker tape, selected from NASA’s archives.