Today, forty years ago, mankind took a giant leap and stepped foot on the surface of our moon. It's a perfect time to celebrate with a look back at the Apollo 11 mission.

In the gallery below, we'll take you through the delivery of the Saturn V to the launch pad, the Earth rising over the moon, to the landing on the lunar surface and the return back to Earth. Enjoy this monumental day as you never truly know where we'll step foot next.

Image Credits: ApolloArchive

Apollo 11 rolls out of the massive Vehicle Assembly Building
May 20, 1969

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Apollo 11 rollout
May 20, 1969

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aerial view of Apollo 11 rollout
May 20, 1969

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The Saturn V moves at one mile per hour down the crawlerway toward pad 39A
May 20, 1969

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Searchlights illuminate the Apollo 11 space vehicle at Launch Complex 39A during a Countdown Demonstration Test
July 11, 1969

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The crew crosses the CM access walkway on swingarm #9

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Apollo 11 space vehicle with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. lifting o ff July 16, 1969.

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liftoff of Apollo 11

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liftoff of Apollo 11

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Apollo 11 liftoff as viewed from the launch tower

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medium-distance view of Apollo 11 liftoff

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Moonbound Apollo 11 clears the launch tower

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Apollo 11 climbs toward orbit

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Launch team members view the Apollo 11 through the firing room windows

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Apollo 11 as viewed from an Air Force EC-135N plane

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view from Earth orbit

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orbital view / Sabine and Ritter craters

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Earthrise sequence - Earth emerges over lunar horizon

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Earthrise sequence - Earth emerges over lunar horizon

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Earthrise sequence - Earth rises over lunar horizon

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CSM "Columbia" over Craters Taruntius K, Taruntius P, and Dorsum Cayeux (in Mare Fecunditatis). Partially visible are craters Anvil and Taruntius H.

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Inspection of Lunar Module "Eagle" after undocking
July 20, 1969

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Flight controllers Charles Duke (Capcom), Jim Lovell (backup CDR) and Fred Haise (backup LMP) during lunar module descent

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LM separation from CSM

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view from LM window just after landing
July 20, 1969

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Armstrong's first photo after setting foot on the Moon
July 20, 1969

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lunar surface / LM strut

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Aldrin backing out through LM hatch

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Aldrin exits the LM
July 20, 1969

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Aldrin beside solar wind experiment

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Aldrin salutes U.S. Flag

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Aldrin's bootprint in the lunar soil

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Aldrin poses for portrait / Armstrong's reflection in visor

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Armstrong photo of landing site from a distance

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LM ascent stage returns from the moon's surface
July 21, 1969

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LM approaches CSM for docking / earthrise in b.g.
July 21, 1969

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view of full lunar disc during return trip

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crescent Earth photographed during return trip

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Mission Control celebrates Apollo 11 mission