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Astronaut Edwin Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon, 1969


On July 20, 1969, at 10:39 pm, Neil Armstrong opened the hatch of the Lunar Module. As they made their way down the ladder of the lunar module, a television camera attached to the craft recorded their progress and transmitted the signal back to Earth, where hundreds of millions watched in great anticipation.

At 10:56, Armstrong uttered his famous quote, which he later argued was slightly distorted by his microphone and meant "It's one small step for a man, one giant for mankind." Jump". Then he planted his left foot on the gray, powdery surface, took a cautious step forward, and humanity was on the moon.

Buzz Aldrin joined them on the surface of the Moon at 11:11 p.m., and together they took pictures of the terrain, put up an American flag, did some simple scientific tests, and spoke with President Richard Nixon via Houston.

By 1:11 a.m. on July 21, both astronauts were back in the lunar module and the hatch was closed. Both men slept on the surface of the moon that night, and at 1:54 p.m. Eagle began climbing back to the command module.

Among the objects left on the surface of the Moon was a plaque that read: "Here the people of planet Earth first set foot on the Moon - July 1969 A.D. - We all came in peace to mankind".

The Hasselbad 500ELM cameras were used in the Apollo 11 mission, a camera that had been commercially available for about 5 years at the time. It was completely wireless, like most cameras of the time.

It has an electric motor drive to propel the film between shots, but other than that it was completely mechanical. Like all previous films it had to be processed, except in this case they had to travel a quarter of a million miles to Earth before they knew whether they had a good shot or not.

He didn't even use the viewfinder to frame these shots, they were all taken "from the hip" and if you look at the thousands of photos taken from the moon, the number of shots with really bad frames is almost as much as good shots. Increases from 1 to 10. ,

Due to confusion about "who is that astronaut", later Apollo missions (all after Apollo 12) had red stripes marking the commander on their spacesuits.

There will be five more successful lunar landing missions, and an unplanned lunar swing-by, Apollo 13. The last men to walk on the Moon, Apollo 17 mission astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt, departed the lunar surface on December 14. 1972.

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