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Jul 20, 2019
2:08PM

World celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

PTI
World is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing today, when American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon.Their lunar module, named Eagle, touched down on 20th July, 1969.  

A little over six hours later, Armstrong placed his left foot on the lunar surface, declaring that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on the surface, ex-fighter pilot Collins remained in lunar orbit, where he was in touch with ground control, providing them s on his position. 


An event watched on television by half a billion people. Mr Collins has remained the more active of the surviving Apollo veterans and frequently shares lyrical recollections of the mission.

Speaking at a Washington event on Thursday, he said that while the Moon itself was breathtaking seen up close, it was the view of Earth that has stayed with him and shaped his perspective.

Vice President Mike Pence is due to deliver a speech today from the Kennedy Space Center, from where Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins, the third crew member took off.

NASA has been in overdrive for several weeks to mark the anniversary, with exhibits and events nationwide but most notably at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
 

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