The Apollo 11 astronauts, 1969.
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Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin standing by a boiler plate Apollo capsule on the deck of the NASA vesel Retriever during water egres training in the Gulf of Mexico. Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mision, was launched on 16th July 1969 and Neil Armstrong and Aldrin became the first and second men to walk on the Moon on 20th July 1969. Command Module pilot Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the surface. The astronauts returned to Earth on 24th July 1969.