Category: lunar module

Earth and Moon are seen as the Apollo 11 lunar module maneuvers for a rendezvous, July 21, 1969.

Buzz Aldrin, photographed by Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969.

Looking out the window of the Apollo 11 command module, July 21, 1969.

Buzz Aldrin enjoying the view, July 20, 1969.

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, July 20, 1969.

Early Apollo concept art, circa 1962, pictures a future lander on the Moon.

Future Apollo astronauts pilot their way to the lunar surface in Robert Watts concept art for Ryan Aeronautical, 1960s.

On August 2, 1971, Apollo 15 astronaut Jim Irwin is working near the lunar module. The Moon is small compared to some celestial objects, but it’s seemingly vast compared to that speck in the distance. Photo by Dave Scott.


TODAY IN HISTORY: Behold the ascent of the Falcon as the Apollo 15 lunar module launches from the surface of the Moon on August 2, 1971, beginning its journey to rendezvous with the command module in orbit. As the Falcon lifts off, spacecraft foil and surface debris fly in all directions. The dust stirred up by the engine clears within about 12 seconds. Once the lunar module safely links up with the command module, the long trip home begins.

The Apollo 15 lunar module “Falcon” set against the stark moonscape, August 2, 1971. Photo by astronaut Jim Irwin. (NASA)