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A Look Through the History of U.S. Space Travel

Photographs show key moments of the effort to land on the moon

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks to place two components of the early Apollo scientific experiments package on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
Photo: NASA

IEEE is marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and spaceflight through the Footsteps: IEEE’s Commemoration of Human Space Travel effort. These images were provided by the IEEE History Center, which is funded by donations to the IEEE Foundation’s Realize the Full Potential of IEEE Campaign.

Photo: NASA

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks to place two components of the early Apollo scientific experiments package on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. The passive seismic experiments package in his left hand could detect lunar “moonquakes.” The laser ranging retro reflector in his right hand was designed to measure the distance between the moon and Earth.

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