Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walks on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility, his visor reflecting Neil Armstrong and the lunar module Eagle. The Apollo 11 astronauts carried the National Geographic Society flag with them on their journey to the Moon.
photo by NASA via The Big Picture
On January 13, 2013, National Geographic Society celebrates its 125th anniversary and Boston.com’s The Big Picture has gathered 23 of the most amazing and groundbreaking images from the Society’s long history of pioneering expeditions. More of these photos can be seen at The Big Picture and at National Geographic. For the anniversary, on Sunday, January 13, National Geographic is hosting a special Google+ Hangout with Robert Ballard, Jane Goodall, James Cameron, and other explorers from around the world.
Hiram Bingham poses for an informal picture in front of his tent at Machu Picchu, the lost mountaintop city of the Inca in the Peruvian Andes. National Geographic supported Bingham’s excavations at the site from 1912 to 1915.