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Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world

8 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Saturday, July 13 2019 Jul 13, 2019 July 13, 2019 5:26 AM July 13, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Fifty years ago, men from planet Earth stepped onto another world for the first time, uniting the globe.

The moon landing by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969, is considered one of humanity's most glorious technological achievements.

NASA, towns and museums are pulling out all the stops for the golden anniversary.

They're holding ceremonies, parades and parties, including the simultaneous launch of 5,000 model rockets in Huntsville, Alabama, where the Saturn V moon rockets were born.

Armstrong died in 2012 at 82. Aldrin has kept an uncharacteristically low profile in the run-up to the anniversary.

Michael Collins, who orbited the moon alone in the mother ship, told The Associated Press that he was struck by the banding together of Earth's inhabitants 50 years ago.

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