The Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket, 1969.
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The Apollo 11 rocket is shown floodlit after roll out from the Vehicle Asembly Building at the Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida. Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mision, was launched on 16th July 1969 with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and Michael Collins on board, and Armstrong and Aldrin became the first and second men to walk on the Moon on 20th July 1969. Collins, the Command Module pilot, remained in lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the surface. The masive Saturn V rocket, over 100 metres tall, was the largest rocket ever built and was used on all the Apollo misions to the Moon.