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This collection of historic photos from NASA's moon mission was uploaded by the Project Apollo Archive.

Earth as seen from the moon during the Apollo 8 manned lunar orbiter mission in December 1968.

A close-up of the moon's craters as seen from the moon during the Apollo 8 manned lunar orbiter mission in December 1968.

Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fourth to land on the moon. The summer 1971 mission was the first to use the lunar roving vehicle.

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Astronauts Eugene Cernan, left, and Ronald Evans during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. It was the final mission of the Apollo program and the final manned moon landing.

Earth as seen from the lunar orbit during the Apollo 15 mission in summer 1971.

In November 1969, Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the Apollo program and the second to land on the moon.

In November 1969, Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the Apollo program and the second to land on the moon.

In winter 1971, Apollo 14 was the eighth manned mission in the Apollo program and the third to land on the moon.

In December 1972, Apollo 17 was the final mission of the Apollo program and the final manned moon landing. It also was noted for the longest total time for moonwalks, at slightly more than 22 hours.

Astronaut Harrison Schmitt drinks a beverage while in orbit during the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972.

The moon as seen during the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969.

Earth as seen from a lunar module during the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned landing on the moon. The July 1969 mission, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., fulfilled a national goal proposed by President John F. Kennedy.

In November 1969, Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the Apollo program and the second to land on the moon.

In November 1969, Apollo 12 was the sixth manned flight in the Apollo program and the second to land on the moon.

A moonwalk during the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969.

In April 1972, Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission in the Apollo program, the fifth to land on the moon and the first to land in the lunar highlands.

Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fourth to land on the moon. The summer 1971 mission was the first to use the lunar roving vehicle.

Apollo 11 in July 1969 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the moon. Astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first moonwalk.

In December 1972, Apollo 17 was the final mission of the Apollo program and the final manned moon landing. It also was noted for the longest total time for moonwalks, at slightly more than 22 hours.

Apollo 11 was the first manned landing on the moon. The July 1969 mission, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., fulfilled a national goal proposed by President John F. Kennedy.

Apollo 15 was the ninth manned mission in the Apollo program and the fourth to land on the moon. The summer 1971 mission was the first to use the lunar roving vehicle.

Earth as seen from space.

The moon during the Apollo 8 manned lunar orbiter mission in December 1968.

The lunar module Eagle of the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned landing on the moon. The July 1969 mission, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., fulfilled a national goal proposed by President John F. Kennedy.

In December 1972, Apollo 17 was the final mission of the Apollo program and the final manned moon landing. It also was noted for the longest total time for moonwalks, at slightly more than 22 hours.

In December 1972, Apollo 17 was the final mission of the Apollo program and the final manned moon landing.