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On July 20, 1969, man set foot on the moon. The great achievement of the 20th century captivated and united humanity. As the astronauts bounced around the lunar landscape, thankfully they took a lot of pictures.
Half a century later, NASA offers hundreds of stunning photographs on its Flickr page. The wealth of visuals is breathtaking and overwhelming. It seems as if the astronauts snapped every square mile of the moon's bright surface.
Here are some of our favorite shots from the archive. There are few better ways to feel a swell of pride for America and humankind.
Where were you when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the moon?
Buzz Aldrin is so cool, he's gotta carry shades.
Going for a drive.
A shadow and the flag.
Be back soon.
Some moon rocks are bigger than others.
Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt hang out — literally — in the CSM.
What's more beautiful than a sunrise? An earthrise.
Packing up for a short trip.
It's quite a view on the approach.
One small step…
Going out for a stroll.
The view from the outside.
Astronauts were doing selfies long before the rest of us.
The iconic shot.
Barren, but beautiful.
By now there are many small steps.
Old Glory, new setting.