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Anniversary of Apollo 11

Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of what's considered the most significant event in space history.

On July 16th, 1969, three Americans launched into space and headed straight for the moon.

45th Anniversary Of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins were all in their 30s as millions of Americans followed their historic venture to the surface of the moon.

The three astronauts had been in space before, but this was a mission that was new to the entire world. It took two years of studying the lunar surface to make it happen.

NASA planners had to find the perfect site and time for landing. The surface had to be flat enough and be exposed to enough sunlight for a safe landing.

Collins didn't get to experience the lunar surface, as he stayed aboard the command module Columbia and orbited the moon.

Four days after the launch, Armstrong and Aldrin hopped into the lunar module nicknamed "Eagle" and landed on the moon.

After two hours of system checks and a quick bite, Armstrong took the very first steps.

Aldrin followed shortly after.

Armstrong spent a little more than two and a half hours outside the spacecraft and they both traveled around 3,300 feet walking around the moon.

And in case you weren't around for the big event, you're in luck!

NASA will be live tweeting as if social media were around 45 years ago. The media team based at the Kennedy Space Center will be using the hashtag #apollo11 so you can follow along.

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mansocket July 16 2014 at 10:38 AM

In 1969 we landed on the moon and I remember that vividly as I was 13 years old. If someone would have told me that 45 years from now we won't even have a manned space program I would have said your nuts. What disgrace this is to our country.

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crowland503 July 16 2014 at 10:38 AM

JFK had a vision of American greatness! Now we have a phony, deadbeat White House President who just sits in his outhouse...

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rickydh1956 July 16 2014 at 10:40 AM

I remember this like it was yesterday. All of the Apollo and Gemini astronauts were true heroes and we knew them by name, as if they were old friends.

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renner1234 July 16 2014 at 11:10 AM

Yes America can be great when we have great leaders like Kennedy & Reagan.

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hman570 July 16 2014 at 11:36 AM

Wow 45 year later and look at us. In hock up to our eye balls, no vision for the future, no new development, falling behind the rest of the world daily, fighting wars that we should have nothing to do with, our ecomony is in the crapper, no job, less pay, more taxes, no Military to speak of, weak Congress and a dumb President. We have really come far now havent we.

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llhuberarchitect July 16 2014 at 10:49 AM

We have not returned due to lack of national will and a stronger desire to create a welfare state rather than lead the world in accomplishments, technology and strength. obama is the final product of this making America weak and a welfare state. I remember Armstrong's words "A small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind" The "a" before man is what he really said before the PC police edited it out.

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magus47 July 16 2014 at 11:21 AM

Imagine if Columbus had returned to Spain and they celebrated his great achivement but decided to send no more ships. This was Americas finest moment. Been pretty much all downhill from here.

Kinda sad, don't ya think.

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drpmindmender magus47 July 16 2014 at 2:00 PM

Remember that after sending Columbus to the New World FOUR TIMES, they STOPPED financing his voyages, because he didn't bring back all the gold he had promised them...

...In other words, Columbus' voyages weren't cost-effective enough.

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neranji magus47 July 16 2014 at 4:27 PM

finest moment was nothing but a well calculated hoax at that time . So keep celebrating it ( a hoax !).

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swimdude1978 neranji July 16 2014 at 5:20 PM

Neranji, please take off your Tin Foil Hat. There is intelligent life out there and if you would bother to look in the mirror the Intelligent life ISN"T YOU!

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ofleck July 16 2014 at 10:57 AM

Oh you silly conspiracy theorists.....
Here is a simple solution to your crys of hoax.
If it was a hoax, the Russians would have jumped all over it and proven it as such, it was after all, a space race...one they did not want the US to win.
Take off you tin foil hats and get a grip!!!!

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bluebluejays July 16 2014 at 12:13 PM

What a wonderful time for the country and all Americans. Now we have a domestic terrorist in the WH who has become the most incompetent dangerous person in the world. The baby boomer generation which I am part of created this mess. I have no idea where all these destructive liberals came from that have caused this anti American attitude!

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JIM ISHOO July 16 2014 at 11:42 AM

The reason we did not go back to the moon or other projects towards the space is because we had to take care of the welfare and illegal people.

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