The Lunar Module returning from the Moon for rendezvous, Earthrise beyond, Apollo 11, July 1969

The Lunar Module returning from the Moon for rendezvous, Earthrise beyond, Apollo 11, July 1969

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Credit: Michael Collins

Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

NASA AS11-44-6642, caption on verso

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module ascent stage is photographed from the Command and Service Modules during rendezvous in lunar orbit. The LM, with Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Commander, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, was making its docking approach to the CSM. Armstrong and Aldrin were returning from the lunar surface. Astronaut Michael Collins remained with the CSM while the other two Apollo 11 crewmen explored the Moon. The LM descent stage, used as a launch base, was left on the lunar surface. The large, dark coloured area in the background is Smyth’s Sea, centred at 85 degrees east longitude and 2 degrees south latitude on the lunar nearside. This view is looking west. The Earth rises above the lunar horizon.

“As I reached for my Hasselblad, suddenly the Earth popped up over the horizon. I could not have staged it any better, but the alignment was not of my doing. But at any rate, as I clicked away, I realised for the first time, in one frame, appeared three billion earthlings, two explorers, and one moon. The photographer, of course, was discretely out of view.” M. Collins. 

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