Apollo Astronaut Pictures: 23 Proofs That The Moon Explorers Were Badass

11/07/2014 09:47 | Updated 11 July 2014

Even though Neil Armstrong's "one small step" almost 45 years ago, we don't need a reason to write about the Apollo Moon missions.

But as it turns out, this week has seen two stories about the Apollo landings capture our imagination in unusual ways. First there was Buzz Aldrin's Reddit AMA, which hit the headlines partially because it included a bunch of new information about his UFO sighting on the way to the Lunar surface.

Then there was this -- a simple, old picture of Buzz arriving to work at Nasa in his totally awesome sports car.

Inspired, we've collected the following images which we think sum up why the Apollo astronauts -- even those who didn't make it to the Moon -- were totally badass human beings. You know, beyond the fact that they made it possible for humanity to get to the Moon and back in what was effectively a tin can held together (occasionally literally) with Scotch tape.

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    Neil Armstrong in 1966, three years before Apollo 11, in preparation for the Gemini 8 flight.
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    This is Buzz Aldrin arriving for work six days before Apollo 11 lifted off. That is his Corvette.
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    Apollo 11 astronauts stand next to their spacecraft in 1969, from left to right: Col. Edwin E. Aldrin, lunar module pilot; Neil Armstrong, flight commander; and Lt. Michael Collins.
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    The crew of Apollo 11 eating breakfast, three days before lift-off.
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    Neil Armstrong leads Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and Michael Collins out of the space centre on the Apollo 11 space mission.
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    Neil Armstrong, just after walking on the mother freaking Moon.
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    The Apollo 11 crew made Nixon laugh -- while they were still in the quarantine chamber!
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    Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.
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    One of the astronauts of the Apollo 12 space mission on the Moon with a camera. An other astronaut is reflected in his helmet.
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    The Apollo 11 astronauts, with shotguns, after a grouse hunt in Oslo, Norway, Oct. 12, 1969. From left to right are Michael Collins and his wife Pat, Neil Armstrong and his wife Janet, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and his wife Joan. (AP Photo)
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    The crew of Apollo I, from left to right, Roger Chaffee, Edward White II, and Virgil Grissom, who were killed Jan. 27, 1967, when a flash fire swept their space capsule cabin during a simulated launch.
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    Apollo 14 astronauts, (L-R) Stuart Roosa, Alan B. Shepard, Jr., and Edgar Mitchell, speak to personnel aboard the prime recovery vessel through the window of the Mobile Quarantine Facility following their recovery from the Pacific Ocean Feburary 9, 1971.
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    Apollo 13 commander James A. Lovell Jr., foreground, speaks during a news conference in Cape Kennedy, Fla. before the spacecraft launched on its ill-fated journey to the moon.
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    NASA astronaut Eugene Cernan, Commander of the Apollo 17 lunar mission, is welcomed back to Earth by a US Navy Pararescueman, after splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, 19th December 1972.
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    US astronauts Neil Armstrong (R), Edwin aldrin (C) and Michael Collins chat 30 July 1969 inside the quarantine room in Houston shortly after their arrival after the Apollo 11 space mission to the moon.
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    U.S. Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, gets an embrace by unidentified woman who also presented him a bouquet of flowers in Mexico City.
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    US astronaut, Commander of Apollo 15, David Scott driving on the mother freaking Moon.
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    President Lyndon Johnson salutes the three Apollo 8 astronauts as they left the White House for a parade to the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 9, 1969.
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    Apollo 13 astronaut James Lovell holds up two fingers as he checks out his plane in Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, April 8, 1970, ahead of the ill-fated mission.
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    Astronaut Michael Collins wears the space helmet for the Apollo 11 moon mission, on July 20, 1969.
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    A footprint left by one of the astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission shows in the soft, powder surface of the moon
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    U.S. President Richard Nixon (R), 15 August 1969 in Los Angeles, U.S astronauts of the Apollo 11 lunar mission.
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    Still awesome: Buzz Aldrin (L), Apollo 11 astronaut, and Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 astronaut, in front of the Apollo 14 capsule in 2009.
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