Showtime at the Apollo! NASA’s Moon Missions Photographed

NASA’s Apollo program put humans on the moon for the first time. And it all began with President John F. Kennedy’s speech on May 25, 1961, when he announced the goal of sending astronauts to the moon. 8 years and 10 Apollo missions later, history was made.

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These are the Apollo missions that led up to that moment in 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took those first steps and the missions after it. And yeah, the photographs are literally out of this world.

Apollo 1 (Disaster on the Pad)

Start Date: Jan 27, 1967

Astronauts: Roger B. Chaffee, Gus Grissom, Edward Higgins White

Astronauts, from the left, Gus Grissom, Ed White II, and Roger Chaffee stand near Cape Kennedy’s Launch Complex 34 during training for Apollo 1 in January 1967. Source: NASA

Unfortunately, Apollo 1 never got off the ground. On January 27, 1967, a fire erupted during a test on the launch pad and destroyed the module, tragically killing astronauts Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee. The silver lining was that NASA learned a great amount from this catastrophe, changing many dangerous design flaws. They also ensured that they will always put astronaut safety first.

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