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Half-century since humanity set foot on moon's surface Watch: Rockets' red glare celebrate Apollo 11 mission
Sandra Phillips | 23 July, 2019, 16:54

Mr Aldrin accompanied United States vice president Mike Pence to Florida's Kennedy Space Centre on Saturday and showed him the pad where he began that momentous journey 50 years ago.

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin accompanied Pence to Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Saturday and showed him the pad where he began that momentous journey 50 years ago.

From there, Armstrong and Aldrin clambered from the Command Module into the Lunar Module (Eagle), activated separation and ignited the engine to establish the descent to the surface of the Moon leaving Michael Collins alone in lunar orbit in the Command Model (Columbia).

Pence reiterated the Trump administration's goal of sending American astronauts back to the moon within five years and eventually on to Mars.

With the announcement made in conjunction with NASA's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing, Pence spoke with an array of figures connected both to the space program's present and past.

Across the country in Seattle, Tim Turner was first in line at the Museum of Flight to see the Apollo 11 command module, Columbia, on display there.

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Apollo 11 successfully splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:50 p.m. on July 24.

Many local space cowboys gathered at the Laredo Public Library over the weekend for an astronomical event. It was humanity's first footsteps on another world.

What is commonly known in history as Apollo 11 is the spaceflight that first landed a man on the moon. "Even if you didn't grow up at that time, everyone knows, 'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' It's something that is pervasive".

The governor and vice President were joined by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and distinguished members of Congress. And in Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, almost 2,000 runners competed in "Run to the Moon" races. "Assemble no mistake, the Moon was once a preference, an American preference", he said. We landed on the moon with 250 million Americans watching our backs.

However the developments in science and engineering that came on myth of the programme, would affect the lives of billions around the sector.

Cities globally have held events to celebrate the landmark anniversary - including at Nasa's visitor centre Space Centre Houston, near the site of the Apollo 11 launch.

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