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

Watch the 1969 coverage of the historic launch.


You can go back to the moon today.

This story is part of To the Moon, a series exploring humanity's first journey to the lunar surface and our future living and working on the moon.

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.)

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