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These Apollo 11 Mission Photos Will Transport You Back To A Remarkable Day In History

"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." -- Inscription on the plaque of the Apollo 11 lunar module.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made history when he landed on the moon with Buzz Aldrin and took that first "small step for mankind" on the lunar surface. Forty-five years later, we remember that day during the Apollo 11 mission as one that changed the world forever.

Now, you've probably seen the incredible, iconic image of a boot print on the moon -- and that photograph of Aldrin posing next to the U.S. flag.

But have you seen what the astronauts ate for breakfast the morning of the launch, or the photo of them peeking through a small window to greet their wives after their return home?

Scroll through a rare collection of photographs below to relive the mission from start to finish.

Training
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The Apollo 11 crew relaxes during training on May 24, 1969.
Press Conference
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The space crew of the Apollo 11 mission sits in front of cameras answering journalists' questions during the night before the liftoff at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on July 16, 1969.
Launch Day Breakfast
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The Apollo 11 crew and Donald K. "Deke" Slayton at the traditional launch day steak and eggs breakfast.
Suiting Up
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Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong prepares to don his helmet on launch day.
Suiting Up
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Technician Joe Schmitt suiting Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot Michael Collins for launch.
Ready To Launch
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Armstrong leads the crew from the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building to the transfer van.
Before Liftoff
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Apollo 11 Saturn V on launch pad 39A.
Blastoff!
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Apollo 11 lifts off, from launch tower camera on July 16, 1969.
Blastoff!
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Moonbound Apollo 11 clears the launch tower.
Spiro Agnew And LBJ
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US Vice-President Spiro Agnew and former US President Lyndon B. Johnson are seen in a crowd watching the liftoff of the Apollo 11 mission at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on July 16, 1969.
In Flight
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Lunar module pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin during Apollo 11 mission.
Lunar Orbit
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Earthrise viewed from lunar orbit prior to landing.
Lunar Orbit
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Crater 308 viewed from orbit.
Lunar Module Descent
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Flight controllers during lunar module descent.
Exiting Lunar Module
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Buzz Aldrin exits the lunar module.
Exiting Lunar Module
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Aldrin on the lunar module footpad.
Lunar Module Plaque
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"Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."
On The Moon
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Aldrin stands beside the lunar module strut.
On The Moon
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Aldrin poses for portrait.
Raising The Flag
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Armstrong and Aldrin raise the U.S. flag on the lunar surface.
On The Moon
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Aldrin poses next to the U.S. flag on the moon.
Footprint
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Aldrin's boot and footprint in lunar soil.
Footprint
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Aldrin photographed this footprint in the lunar soil as part of an experiment to study the nature of lunar dust and the effects of pressure on the surface.
On The Moon
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Aldrin carries experiments for deployment.
On The Moon
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Aldrin assembles seismic experiment
On The Moon
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Neil Armstrong works at the lunar module.
Taking A Photo
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Armstrong photo of lunar module from a distance.
After Moonwalk
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Armstrong in the lunar module after his historic moonwalk.
After Moonwalk
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Aldrin in lunar module after moonwalk.
Flag From Lunar Module
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Flag and TV camera viewed from the lunar module window.
In-Flight Demonstration
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Aldrin shows his Earth-bound television audience how to make a sandwich in space during his journey home from the moon. When this picture was made, Apollo 11 was approximately 137,000 nautical miles from Earth.
Earth
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Closeup of Earth during return trip.
Splashdown
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Mission Control celebrates after splashdown, July 24, 1969.
Return Home
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The Apollo 11 crew await pickup by a helicopter. The Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia splashed down at 11:49 a.m. CDT, July 24, 1969, about 812 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii.
In Quarantine
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Apollo 11 astronauts, still in their quarantine van, are greeted by their wives upon arrival at Ellington Air Force Base on July 27, 1969.
In Quarantine
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The Apollo 11 crew relaxes in the quarantine van.
40th Anniversary
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These NASA handout images show at top the Apollo 11 lunar landing astronaut crew from left: Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. 'Buzz' Aldrin Jr. At bottom from left are Edwin E. 'Buzz' Aldrin, Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11's first human landing on the Moon at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, on July 19, 2009.