Space history: 45 years ago today, Apollo 11 blasted off to put humans on the moon

5 frame shot of the gantry retracting while the Saturn V boosters lift off to carry the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Photo: TIME.


5 frame shot of the gantry retracting while the Saturn V boosters lift off to carry the Apollo 11 astronauts to the Moon. Photo: TIME.

Today is a big day in space exploration history: on this day, 45 years ago, NASA's Apollo 11 mission blasted 3 human beings into space, to set foot on our moon.

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Boing Boing pal Steve Jurvetson has amassed an incredible collection of relics and ephemera related to the Apollo 11 mission (and other NASA milestones), and has gathered photographs into one whopping gallery here, for your enjoyment.

NASA, via Wikipedia: Neil Armstrong descends a ladder to become the first human to step onto the surface of the Moon.


NASA, via Wikipedia: Neil Armstrong descends a ladder to become the first human to step onto the surface of the Moon.

Jan Armstrong, wife of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, gazing upon white trail in sky of Apollo 11 blastoff, from boat, with son. Photo: TIME.


Jan Armstrong, wife of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, gazing upon white trail in sky of Apollo 11 blastoff, from boat, with son. Photo: TIME.

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