Outstanding view of the moon

Space Mission
Apollo 11, 21 July 1969


Photo Description
Vintage chromogenic print on a fiber-based Kodak paper, 20.2 x 25.4 cm; NASA caption and ‘A Kodak Paper’ watermarks on verso, numbered NASA AS11-44-6665 in red ink in top margin

This outstanding view of the entire nearside surface of the moon was photographed from the Apollo 11 spacecraft during its trans-Earth journey homeward. When this picture was taken, the spacecraft was already 10,000 nautical miles away. Onboard Apollo 11 were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot.