Apollo 11 moon launch: CBS takes you back to 1969 for 50th anniversary

Watch the 1969 coverage of the historic launch.

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You can go back to the moon today.


CBS is letting you take a trip back to the moment the Apollo 11 mission -- carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins -- launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969.

Click here for To The Moon, a CNET multipart series examining our relationship with the moon from the first landing of Apollo 11 to future human settlement on its surface.

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About four days after launch, Aldrin and Armstrong walked on the moon for a couple of hours, while Collins stayed in orbit. The Apollo 11 crew brought back 22 kilograms (about 50 pounds) of lunar material, including rocks, some core samples and lunar soil.

A trio of the original NASA moon landing tapes will be part of an auction July 20, and they're expected to fetch at least $1 million, according to Sotheby's. You can watch the original broadcast from CBS with anchor Walter Cronkite, for free below. (Disclosure: CNET is owned by CBS.)

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Originally published July 16, 6:45 a.m. PT.
Update, 7:10 a.m. PT: Adds more information.