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Remember NASA's Apollo moon missions with 19 incredible photos

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On July 20, 1969, man set foot on the moon. The great achievement of the 20th century captivated and united humanity. As the astronauts bounced around the lunar landscape, thankfully they took a lot of pictures.

Half a century later, NASA offers hundreds of stunning photographs on its Flickr page. The wealth of visuals is breathtaking and overwhelming. It seems as if the astronauts snapped every square mile of the moon's bright surface. 

Here are some of our favorite shots from the archive. There are few better ways to feel a swell of pride for America and humankind.

Where were you when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon?

1

Buzz Aldrin is so cool, he's gotta carry shades.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

2

Going for a drive.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

3

A shadow and the flag.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

4

Be back soon.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

5

Some moon rocks are bigger than others.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

6

Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt hang out — literally — in the CSM.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

7

What's more beautiful than a sunrise? An earthrise.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

8

Packing up for a short trip.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

9

It's quite a view on the approach.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

10

One small step…

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

11

Going out for a stroll.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

12

The view from the outside.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

13

Astronauts were doing selfies long before the rest of us.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

14

Holding on.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

15

The iconic shot.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

16

Barren, but beautiful.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

17

Conducting experiments.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

18

By now there are many small steps.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

19

Old Glory, new setting.

Image: NASA / Project Apollo Archive

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