Today is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 (if you believe in that sort of thing—and Patrick Coleman, I'm looking at you).

Apollo 11 is one of the most staggering achievements in human history, and The Boston Globe's Big Picture blog takes a look back in the way they do best—with gorgeous, giant photographs.

Note that Command Module pilot Michael Collins—the man who drew the shortest straw ever—is the only human being who ever lived up to that time who is not in front of the lens in this shot. Freaky.


I also particularly like this photo of Neil Armstrong's face, hours after he became the first human to walk on the moon.

NASA has also posted some restored moonwalk video from the mission, and the real-time audio feed of the mission. It has a lot of stuff like, "Plus zero, zero, zero, zero, option zero zero one-niner seven, zero three. LEM wait, three-three, two-niner zero, over." It's surprisingly riveting.