Astronaut Neil Armstrong who passed away at age 82 last week is best known for becoming the first person to walk on the surface on the moon, but few widely known images from the legendary Apollo 11 mission depict him in action.
Now, a series of rare photos taken by Nasa more than four decades ago has been released by the website CollectSpace showing Armstrong preparing for the daring inter-stellar expedition, along with candid shots of the trailblazing astronaut taken by his fellow Apollo team member Buzz Aldrin from inside the spacecraft.
The reason there are so few photos showing Armstrong taking that ‘giant leap for mankind’ is because he was the one in charge of the only camera the Apollo 11 astronauts were allowed to take with them as part of their equipment kit.
The camera, a bulky modified Hasselblad model, had no viewfinder and was worn on Armstrong’s chest during the moonwalk. Ahead of the mission, a handle was added to the device to make it more user-friendly in space.
In total, Armstrong and Aldrin snapped 123 photos in the course of the historic moonwalk that lasted two hours and 36 minutes.
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