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10 historic images of rocket launches

By: Katherine Butler on May 19, 2012, 6:41 a.m.
Apollo 11 rocket launch

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The launch of Apollo 11

One of NASA’s most historic rocket launches is the launch of Apollo 11. On July 16, 1969, an estimated 1 million people watched as a Saturn 5 booster rocket blasted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, sending Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin skyward to complete the first landing on the moon. Just a few seconds after lift-off, the rocket’s five engines ignited, catapulting the spacecraft out of Earth’s atmosphere. Days later, Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the moon while Collins orbited overhead in the command module.