NASA celebrates Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary amid turmoil

Fifty years ago, three US astronauts crossed space into the moon on a mission that changed the way humanity imagines its place in the universe.

Two of the three crew members, Paz Aldrin and Michael Collins, met yesterday on the same launch pad as they did on July 16, 1969, at a ceremony marking the beginning of a week of commemorating the Apollo 11 mission.

His commander and first man stepping on the moon, Neil Armstrong, died in 2012.

But Aldrin and Collins, 89 and 88, respectively, met yesterday at the 39A platform at the Kennedy Space Center, recalling the moment they took off half a century ago.

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