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27 Pictures That Will Change Your Perspective Of The Moon Landing

On the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, here's a look back at the fascinating, odd, and iconic moments that occurred during the historic feat.

Posted on July 18, 2019, at 12:14 p.m. ET

Astronauts, from left, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, and Neil Armstrong posing for an unintentionally funny portrait with a giant fake moon in 1969.

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Neil Armstrong testing the Hasselblad camera used to take many of the historic photos from the lunar surface.

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The Apollo astronauts enjoying their last breakfast of steak and eggs on the morning before blastoff on July 16, 1969.

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This appetizing spread of food that the Apollo 11 astronauts brought along on their 238,900-mile journey to the moon.

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The incredible focus of NASA's launch control staff at Kennedy Space Center in the moments before blastoff.

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The quiet amazement from spectators witnessing humans leave to the moon for the first time in history.

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Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson, in the polka-dot dress, and former president Lyndon B. Johnson, right, watching in astonishment as the Saturn V rocket takes off.

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Jazz legend Duke Ellington rehearsing his song "Moon Maiden" for the ABC broadcast of the lunar landing, July 20, 1969.

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Walter Cronkite watching in silence as Apollo 11 touches down on the moon, July 20, 1969.

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Massive crowds gather in New York's Central Park to witness history in the making.

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As well as Hong Kong...

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Vietnam...

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Tokyo...

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Milan...

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Even the Vatican...

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And in Houston, Joan Aldrin, the wife of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, is relieved and overjoyed to see her husband land on the moon.

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In space, Neil Armstrong smiles inside the Lunar Module.

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And outside the Lunar Module, the desolate emptiness of the moon's surface glistens in the vacuum of space.

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Here's the plaque left on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts that reads: "We Came In Peace For All Mankind."

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Joan Aldrin, center, applauds in excitement as her husband, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, splashes down after returning from the moon on July 24, 1969.

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The Apollo 11 astronauts greet the media while still in quarantine aboard the USS Hornet.

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Here, government officials in Houston unload a payload of space debris gathered from the Apollo 11 mission.

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And lastly, here's the incredible ticker-tape parade held in New York City for the Apollo 11 astronauts on Aug. 13, 1969.

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