08/20/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Apollo 11 Astronauts At Home (PHOTOS)

The following is from's collection of photographs from Ralph Morse, a photographer who had access to the Apollo crew members at home with their families. See more photos here.

From No photographer spent more time with the Apollo 11 astronauts than LIFE's Ralph Morse, who for years -- and especially in the months leading up to the July 16, 1969 lift-off -- chronicled the crew's public and private lives. Forty years later, Morse spoke with LIFE about the astronauts, the moon landing, and rare and never-before-published photographs capturing that heady time. Above: A never-published photo of astronaut Michael Collins and his wife Pat with their children (from left, Kate, Michael Jr., and Ann), Houston, Texas, March 1969.

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