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50th anniversary of historic moon landing celebrated across the world

50th anniversary of historic moon landing celebrated across the world

World celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday 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 breath-taking seen up close, it was the view of Earth that has stayed with him and shaped his perspective.

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