Earthrise over the Moon, 1969.
© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society
This view of the Earth appearing above the lunar horizon was taken by astronauts during the Apollo 11 mision. 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 astronauts returned safely to Earth on 24th July 1969.