LIFE’s Eye on Apollo

Ralph Morse shot some of the most memorable photographs of the lunar explorers and their families.

(Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Simulator Prep

(Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Morse fancied shooting the astronauts as they prepared for their mission in simulators. “The lunar module was so tiny, two people could hardly move around in it, let alone three,” he says. So he shot this photo of Armstrong and Aldrin in the LM simulator with a fisheye lens on a camera mounted to the interior on Armstrong’s side. Morse gave Aldrin the other end of a long shutter-release wire, and asked him to make occasional exposures whenever the chance arose. “You use your friends when you can,” says Morse.

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