Image description: Forty three years ago today, two Americans became the first humans to walk on the moon. Here you see Neil Armstrong working at an equipment storage area on the surface of the moon. This is one of the few photos that show Armstrong during the moonwalk.
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We Choose the Moon
PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY: We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we’re willing to accept, one that we’re unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win and the others too.
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Image description: Astronaut Alan L. Bean pauses near a tool carrier during the Apollo 12 spacewalk on the moon’s surface. Commander Charles Conrad, Jr. took the black-and-white photo and is reflected in Bean’s helmet visor.
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Image description: This photo of the moon’s north polar region was taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC. One of the primary scientific objectives of LROC is to identify regions of permanent shadow and near-permanent illumination. Since the start of the mission, LROC has acquired thousands of wide angle camera images and combined them to produced this mosaic, which is composed of 983 images taken over a one month period during northern summer.
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