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Watch: Oneshot — A Closer Look At Iconic Man On The Moon Photo

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

Along with all the hardware to get to the moon and back, the Apollo 11 mission also brought along three Hasselblad 500EL cameras. With video and audio equipment to beam sound and moving images back in real-time, NASA also wanted to preserve the history in crisp, high definition photographs.

Two of the Hasselblads were taken to the moon's surface: one was a Hasselblad Data Camera with a Zeiss Biogon 60mm lens, which was attached to Neil Armstrong's chest to document what he was seeing during his stroll on the lunar surface; the other, a Hasselblad Electric Camera (HEC) was used to shoot from inside the Eagle Lunar Module.

There were the photos of Armstrong's first footprint and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin and the American flag. But considered the most iconic shot of the mission is Armstrong's straight-on image of Buzz Aldrin, which somehow looks both like pure science fiction and a casual shot of your buddy at the beach.

In addition to training on the Reduced Gravity Walking Stimulator, in Neutral Bouyancy and G-Force, Aldrin, Armstrong and fellow astronaut Michael Collins all received a crash course in photography in preparation for the Apollo 11 mission. They were encouraged to bring training cameras on vacations to hone their photography skills. For the record, both Hasselblad cameras were left on the moon along with other items in order to meet the weight requirement for successful return. Fortunately for us, the two rolls of Kodak film were taken back and developed. Here's a closer look in our One Shot video to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic moment.

Man on the Moon © Neil Amstrong/NASA

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Brazil's Evangelical Surge Threatens Survival Of Native Afro-Brazilian Faith

Followers of the Afro-Brazilian Umbanda religion in four traditional communities in the country’s northeast are resisting pressure to convert to evangelical Christianity.

image of Abel José, an Umbanda priest

Abel José, an Umbanda priest

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Géssica Amorim

Among a host of images of saints and Afro-Brazilian divinities known as orixás, Abel José, 42, an Umbanda priest, lights some candles, picks up his protective beads and adjusts the straw hat that sits atop his head. He is preparing to treat four people from neighboring villages who have come to his house in search of spiritual help and treatment for health ailments.

The meeting takes place discreetly, in a small room that has been built in the back of the garage of his house. Abel lives in the quilombo of Sítio Bredos, home to 135 families. The community, located in the municipality of Betânia of Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco, is one of the municipality’s four remaining communities that have been certified as quilombos, the word used to refer to communities formed in the colonial era by enslaved Africans and/or their descendents.

In these villages there are almost no residents who still follow traditional Afro-Brazilian religions. Abel, Seu Joaquim Firmo and Dona Maura Maria da Silva are the sole remaining followers of Umbanda in the communities in which they live. A wave of evangelical missionary activity has taken hold of Betânia’s quilombos ever since the first evangelical church belonging to the Assembleia de Deus group was built in the quilombo of Bredos around 20 years ago. Since then, other evangelical, pentecostal, and neo-pentecostal churches and congregations have established themselves in the area. Today there are now nine temples spread among the four communities, home to roughly 900 families.

The temples belong to the Assembleia de Deus, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the World Church of God's Power, the latter of which has over 6,000 temples spread across Brazil and was founded by the apostle and televangelist Valdemiro Santiago, who became infamous during the pandemic for trying to sell beans that he had blessed as a Covid-19 cure. Assembleia de Deus alone, who are the largest pentecostal denomination in the world, have built five churches in Betânia’s quilombos.

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