45 years ago, a visit to the moon

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon July 20. Aldrin and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong were the first men to walk on the lunar surface. The crew was launched to the moon by a Saturn V launch vehicle at 9:32 a.m. EDT on July 16, 1969. They departed the moon July 21.

Sunday will mark the 45th anniversary of the moment the world heard those amazing words from Apollo 11 crew member Neil Armstrong - "Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." - that marked the first lunar landing.

President Richard Nixon greets the Apollo 11 astronauts in the quarantine van on board the U.S.S. Hornet after splashdown and recovery July 24, 1969. The crew, from left, are Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin
President Richard Nixon greets the Apollo 11 astronauts in the quarantine van on board the U.S.S. Hornet after splashdown and recovery July 24, 1969. The crew, from left, are Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.
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