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Buzz Aldrin on the moon

FIRST ON THE MOON  There are two astronauts in this 1969 photo. Buzz Aldrin stands on the moon near the Apollo 11 lunar lander while Neil Armstrong, reflected in Aldrin’s visor, takes the picture.

crescent moon

TIMEPIECE  Archaeological evidence suggests that early humans used the moon as a timekeeper, as first argued during the Apollo missions.

Lisa with moon rocks

BEHIND GLASS  Science News astronomy reporter Lisa Grossman visits the pristine sample lab at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in March. The display case holds rocks collected during Apollo 15 and 16. The 1.5-kilogram chunk of volcanic basalt in the center is 3.4 billion years old.

Apollo 15 lunar module

LUNAR LEFTOVERS   Astronauts, like those who touched down in the Apollo 15 lunar module (shown) in July 1971, left a lot on the moon’s surface, from scientific instruments to trash.

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