It’s been nearly 50 years since Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon, and you’d think by now we had discovered everything about the historic lunar mission.
Command Module pilot Michael Collins is telling us to think again. He came across a piece of Apollo 11 memorabilia that may have never been seen before – or at the very least, not seen in almost five decades.
In the ultimate Throwback Thursday post on Twitter, Collins shared a little-seen photo of him and his Apollo 11 crew mates, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
“The crew. Found this at the bottom a box. Don’t think it was ever used by @NASA. #TBT @TheRealBuzz,” Collins tweeted.
There are lots of photos of Collins, Armstrong and Aldrin together. For example ....
And ones that are sort of candid, sort of official:
But the photo that Collins shared is unusual for a several reasons.
It shows him separated from Armstrong and Aldrin – similar to how Collins stayed aboard the Command Module Columbia alone while Armstrong and Aldrin took the Eagle lunar module down to the lunar surface for the historic moon landing on July 20, 1969.
It also shows Armstrong with his hand resting on Aldrin’s shoulder – interesting for two men who didn’t appear to be very close during or after the mission.