Never Before Seen Image Of Neil Armstrong's First Moonwalk Shows His Face

Sure, Neil said the famous words, but the guy was so nice that maybe he let Buzz take the first walk on the Moon. After all, you couldn't see his face through the solar visor. Until today.

This weird and never-before-seen photo was taken by the top camera of the Eagle. As Armstrong walked his first steps across the surface of the Sea of Tranquility, on that little dusty ball of cheese we like to call the Moon.

The image is really one frame of a film that has been transferred to high definition by Spacecraft Films. It's now being released in Voices from the Moon, a book by Andrew Chaikin, one of my favourite space authors.

In case you have been living in a cave for the past few decades, today is the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing. The Apollo 11 was the biggest adventure and technological challenge ever, bringing three humans—mission Commander Neil Alden Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr.—to our satellite.

Here they are then:

And here they are now:

They don't make them like these anymore, I'm afraid. [Voices from the Moon and Andrew Chaikin]

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