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US Marks 50th Years Since Historic Apollo 11 Mission to Moon

Events in the southern U.S. state of Florida and Washington, D.C. Tuesday kicked off observances marking the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon.Apollo astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins - blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida 50 years ago on the towering Saturn Five rocket to begin their journey to the moon.Washington's Smithsonian Air and Space Museum observed the day by unveiling a display featuring the restored space suit worn by Armstrong, the first person to set foot on the moon.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence presided at the event, along with NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine and Armstrong's son, Rick. Armstrong died in 2012.Vice President Mike Pence speaks before the unveiling of Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, July 16, 2019.As part of the Apollo anniversary observance, an actual-size image of the Saturn Five will be projected on the side of the Washington Monument on the National Mall Tuesday through Thursday night.Meanwhile, one of the surviving Apollo astronauts, Mike Collins, returned to the Kennedy Space Center Tuesday near the exact spot where he and his fellow astronauts blasted off for the moon.Collins, now 88, said as they lifted off from the earth that day, the astronauts were well aware the whole world was watching:"We crew felt the weight of the world on our shoulders. We knew that everyone would be looking at us, friend or foe. And we wanted to do the best we possibly could, put our best foot forward and that required a great deal of work on our part," he said. In Exclusive VOA Interviews, NASA Astronauts Reflect on Historic Moon Missions video player. EmbedCopyIn Exclusive VOA Interviews, NASA Astronauts Reflect on Historic Moon... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Marks 50th Years Since Historic Apollo 11 Mission to Moon, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you US Marks 50th Years Since Historic Apollo 11 Mission to Moon

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 16 July

 

 

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