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Apollo 9 crew James A. McDivitt (CMDR), David R. Scott (CMP) and Russell L. Schweickart (LMP).  Apollo 9 launched 45 years ago today on the first flight of all Apollo hardware in Earth orbit. | Photo credit: NASA

Apollo 9 crew James A. McDivitt (CMDR), David R. Scott (CMP) and Russell L. Apollo 9 launched 45 years ago today on the first flight of all Apollo hardware in Earth orbit.

November 5, 1995: Landing: Space Shuttle Columbia STS-73 at 6:45:21 am EST, KSC Runway 33.

Catalog Title: Space Shuttle Program Date: Additional Information: Space Shuttle Columbia Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive

Launch of Apollo 11: On July 16, 1969, the huge, 363-feet tall Saturn V rocket launches on the Apollo 11 mission from Pad A, Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, at 9:32 a.m. EDT. Onboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. Apollo 11 was the United States' first lunar landing mission.

Launch of Apollo 11

On 16 July American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins lift off from the Kennedy Space Center atop the mammoth Saturn V rocket on their way to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

Neil Armstrong on the cover of LIFE Magazine July 1969

Neil Armstrong: Private Man, Public Hero

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Leaving for the Moon Time/Life Cover by Leonard McCombe

Apollo 11 launch

Apollo 11 flies towards Earth orbit with the American flag in the foreground. The Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launched with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, at a. EDT July from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex

Astronaut Joseph R. Tanner is backed by Earth's horizon during a space walk in order to service the Hubble Space Telescope, February 16, 1997.    Read more: http://lightbox.time.com/2011/08/23/the-first-earthrise/#ixzz1r5Z3EWyk

The First Earthrise

The First Earthrise: 45 years ago, a photo from space forever changed how human beings saw the cosmos.

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Overhead view of Space Shuttle Atlantis on the Mobile Launcher Platform as it traveled to Launch Pad from the Vehicle Assembly Building. Atlantis lifted off on Mission on September ×

Apollo 12 astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad on the Moon, November 20, 1969. Conrad, taking the photo, is reflected in Bean’s visor. | photo courtesy of NASA

humanoidhistory: 45 YEARS AGO TODAY — Apollo 12 astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad on the Moon, November Conrad, taking the photo, is reflected in Bean’s visor.

“We Were At War”: The Need for Apollo 9 (Part 1)

TODAY IN HISTORY — On March the lunar module “Spider” in a landing configuration, photographed from the command module on the fifth day of the Apollo 9 Earth-orbital mission. The landing gear.

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