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life: “On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the moon was launched. Pictured here is the Saturn V rocket lifting the Apollo 11 astronauts towards their manned mission to the Moon. (Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture...

July The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifts off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex in Florida. The space craft was injected into lunar orbit on July 19 with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E.

Being aware of and/or watching (on TV) the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo rocket launches!

Father and son observe Apollo 11 launch, the spaceflight which landed the first humans, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on the Moon on July 1969 ~ photograph by Ralph Crane

The S-II stage of the Saturn V rocket is hoisted onto the A-2 test stand in 1967 at the Mississippi Test Facility, now the Stennis Space Center. This was the second stage of the 364-foot tall Moon rocket. The second stage was powered by five J-2 engines. (Great Images in NASA)

The S-II stage of the Saturn V rocket is hoisted onto the test stand in 1967 at the Mississippi Test Facility, now the Stennis Space Center. This was the second stage of the tall Moon rocket. The second stage was powered by five engines.

The N1 (Nositel 1) Rocket for the soviet manned moon program. All four launch attempts failed. Notice the 30 (!) main engines - the Saturn V had just 5...

rocket approaching the pad at Baikonur. Visible at bottom are the flame trenches that would channel the first stage's thrust plume.

Saturn V scale model compared with a Soviet N1 "moon rocket" at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Behind the display an Apollo era moon suit and the Soviet Krechet-94 (Кречет = gyrfalcon) for lunar excursions.

Saturn V scale model compared with a Soviet “moon rocket” at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Behind the display an Apollo era moon suit and the Soviet (Кречет = gyrfalcon) for lunar excursions.

Scientists are eager to learn if Europa's huge subsurface ocean harbors alien life.

Europa Report: Jupiter's Icy Moon Explained (Infographic) by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

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