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Not originally published in LIFE. The Apollo 11 astronauts and their families pose with a scale model of the moon, spring 1969.

The Apollo 11 astronauts and their families pose with a scale model of the moon, spring 1969 Photo by Ralph Morse for Life magazine

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Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, waves during a departure ceremony at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province, on June (Reuters/Jason Lee)

Neil Armstrong shares a quiet moment with his family, 1969.  (Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Such a gorgeous picture. Neil Armstrong, At Home with the Apollo 11 Astronauts, 1969

From Life, 22 August 1969: photographs of the three Apollo 11 astronauts returning to their wives. / via @Paul Mison

From Life, 22 August photographs of the three Apollo 11 astronauts returning to their wives. / via Bonis Conseil Bonis Bonis Paul Scherer Mison

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Barack Obama Photos Photos: Obama Meets With Apollo 11 Astronauts In The White House

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Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin

In Pictures: To the moon and back

The Crew of Apollo 11

Project Mercury Astronauts. On this day 9 April 1959, NASA introduces picks for Project Mercury.  Seven astronauts out of 500 applicants are determined to have the right stuff to conduct manned spaceflights, and they're introduced in Washington, DC, in front of hundreds of reporters. Astronauts Carpenter, Cooper, Glenn, Grissom, Schirra, Shepard, and Slayton will become national heroes.

Life Magazine Cover: Seven astronauts -- September 1959

Astronaut wives Jo Schirra, Rene Carpenter, Betty Grissom, and Marge Slayton pose for the press outside the Grissom house following one of the Liberty Bell 7 scrubbed launches, July 1961

Astronaut wives Jo Schirra, Rene Carpenter, Betty Grissom, and Marge Slayton pose for the press outside the Grissom house following one of the Liberty Bell 7 scrubbed launches, July 1961

The Astronaut Wives Club declared themselves proud, happy, thrilled as   their husbands jetted into space. But a new book has shed light on the   fraught reality behind the television smiles.

Drink, debauchery and despair: astronauts' wives lift lid on grim reality behind the smiling Nasa space launches

The Astronaut Wives Club declared themselves proud, happy, thrilled as their husbands jetted into space. But a new book has shed light on the fraught reality behind the television smiles.

Space Medal of Honor

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Neil Armstrong receives the first Congressional Space Medal of Honor from President Jimmy Carter

September 21, 1959 Life Magazine. Life Magazine followed the Astronaut Wives during the space race, making them essentially America's first reality stars. www.astronautwivesclub.com

The Astronaut Wives Club: Dishy gossip from a new book about the wives of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo astronauts.

In this Feb. 11, 1986 file photo, former astronaut Neil Armstrong, a member of the presidential panel investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, listens to testimony before the commission in Washington, as David Acheson, a commission member, listens in the background. A model of the shuttle sits on the table.

Neil Armstrong as a member of the Rogers Commission, the presidential panel that investigated the Challenger explosion.

Neil Armstrong

Tributes poured in from around the world to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, who has died at the age of The former Nasa astronaut had suffered complications from heart surgery he.

When asked in 1991 about his wife's reaction to the nascent American space program of the 1950s, Shepard said, "I think she knew immediately that I would volunteer for it." Above: Shepard with his wife, Louise, his niece -- who lived with the family -- and his two daughters, at home in Virginia Beach, 1960.

Astronaut Alan Shepard with his wife, Louise, his niece and his two daughters, at home in Virginia Beach, USA

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Mr & Mrs Collins, 1969

Not originally published in LIFE. Michael Collins and his wife Pat at home,

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