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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

This photo, taken on 4 March 1969, shows the stacking of the S-II stage, the structure that accelerated the Saturn 506 rocket through the upper atmosphere. It was housed at the Kennedy Space Center’s vehicle assembly building in Brevard County, Fla., in preparation for the Apollo 11 launch. On 16 July 1969, the mission lifted off.

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