"Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed."

The Apollo 11 mission fulfilled the national goal set by President John F. Kennedy on May 25, 1961 when he addressed Congress with the statement: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

On July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr. landed in the Sea of Tranquility and became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Command Module Pilot Michael Collins orbited above in the command ship, Columbia. The three astronauts returned to Earth and landed in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969.

Base of Apollo 11 (1969)

Base of Apollo 11 (1969)

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The launch of Apollo 11 (1969)

The launch of Apollo 11 (1969)

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Buzz Aldrin on his way to join Neil Armstrong on the moon (1969)

Buzz Aldrin on his way to join Neil Armstrong on the moon (1969)

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Photographed on July 20, 1969.

Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin erecting U.S. flag on the moon (1969)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin erecting U.S. flag on the moon (1969)

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View of the U.S. flag with Astronaut Aldrin at Tranquility Base (1969)

View of the U.S. flag with Astronaut Aldrin at Tranquility Base (1969)

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Astronaut Aldrin's faceplate reflecting Neil Armstrong on the moon (1969)

Astronaut Aldrin's faceplate reflecting Neil Armstrong on the moon (1969)

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Buzz Aldrin on his way toward the Lunar Module (1969)

Buzz Aldrin on his way toward the Lunar Module (1969)

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Astronauts greeted by President Nixon upon their return (1969)

Astronauts greeted by President Nixon upon their return (1969)

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Though separated by the Mobile Quarantine Facility's window, President Richard Nixon greeted the returning crew of Apollo 11. Left to Right: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin.