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47 Years Ago Today Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Land on the Moon

Famous astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who is now on Twitter, posted photos and videos of his history-making venture into space on Apollo 11 with his fellow crew members Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969 and was the first spaceflight that landed human beings on the Moon. On July 20th, 47 years ago, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon at 20:18 UTC.

Armstrong was the first man to step foot onto the lunar surface. On July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC, Aldrin joined him. They spent a little over two hours outside the spacecraft and collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material to bring back to NASA on Earth. Michael Collins piloted the Command Module, Columbia, in lunar orbit while they walked on the Moon’s surface.

Armstrong and Aldrin were able to walk and spend roughly one day together on the lunar surface before getting back on Columbia.

A view of Earth from the Moon’s surface:

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Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley facebook.com/BlankleyBethany/ & BethanyBlankley.com.

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