Portrait of Armstrong in 1959, 10 years prior to the journey that would immortalise him. Photograph: Years Prior, Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Photography Portraits, 10 Years, Moon Mission, 11 Moon, Ten Years, Icons People
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Neil Armstrong with his wife Jan and son Mark, then 10, in their home in Houston, Texas a few months before the mission began. Photograph: Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image
Not originally published in LIFE. Neil Armstrong and his customary late dinner over the Wall Street Journal, March 1969. “Neil worked late. The first thing he did when he got home — the family had always eaten already — he sat down at the table and looked up the stock market numbers.”
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Armstrong speaks to a technician during a suiting at the Kennedy Space Centre shortly before the moon mission. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images
The official NASA portrait of Neil Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 mission. Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex Feature