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Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong.
In honor of his life and career, we offer pictures of the first man on the moon and his fellow Apollo astronauts in quiet, private moments before their great adventure.
Not originally published in LIFE. Neil Armstrong makes pizza, Houston, Texas, March 1969.
See more of the photos here on LIFE.com
The first photo of the Earth from the moon, taken August 23, 1966, by the unmanned spacecraft Lunar Orbiter 1.
Armand Rassenfosse, frontispiece from Le solitaire de la lune (The loner of the moon), by François de Curel, Paris, 1909.