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14 Photos From The First Manned Moon Landing, Which Happened 45 Years Ago Today

One small step for mankind, one big batch of pictures to develop afterward.

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The Eagle landed late in the day on July 20. The mission plan actually called for the astronauts to take a five hour nap after landing, but (obviously) they couldn't sleep and got ready to go outside instead.

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Armstrong and Aldrin made it outside early on July 21. This picture — taken by Aldrin — shows Armstrong outside the lunar module after the landing.

Armstrong was the first person outside and there was some discussion over the years over what he said. He claims to have stated, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." However, those listening on earth heard only, "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The omission of the "a" makes less sense, but that's what it sounded like.

A footprint left by one of the Apollo 11 astronauts.

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In 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took high resolution pictures of the Lunar surface and discovered that the footprints were still there.

The astronauts spent about two and a half hours on the surface.

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In this picture, Aldrin has just deployed scientific equipment and is looking back at Tranquility Base, where the lunar module is located.

Jim Dalrymple is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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