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Aldrin Steps Down
AS11-40-5868 (20 July 1969) --- Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., lunar module pilot, descends the steps of the Lunar Module (LM) ladder as he prepares to walk on the Moon. He had just egressed the LM. This photograph was taken by astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, commander, with a 70mm lunar surface camera during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA). While Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the LM "Eagle" to explore the Moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) in lunar orbit.
Square format Apollo archive images have been slightly cropped to achieve a 5:4 Landscape aspect ratio. Many of the original images were captured on film using the 70mm (2.25” x 2.25”) Hassleblad Lunar Camera which produces a square (1:1) ratio. You may select “Full Frame” next to the order button if you want the untouched original size. The default is Landscape.