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Space History Photo: Apollo 11 Launch

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The swing arms move away, signaling the launch of Apollo 11. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, at 9:32 a.m. EDT on July 16, 1969, the swing arms move away and a plume of flame signals the liftoff of the Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle and astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A.

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