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45 years ago, Apollo 11 blasted off into history – CBS News


Forty-five years ago, three intrepid astronauts blasted off on a mission to put man on the moon. Apollo 11 – with its now legendary crew of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – launched atop a massive Saturn V rocket from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969. It was not a comfortable ride. “It felt like a train on a bad railroad track,” Armstrong told CBS News’ Ed Bradley in a 2005 interview on “60 Minutes.” “And it was loud. Really loud.”After Apollo 11 reached lunar orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin moved into a lunar module and landed in the Sea of Tranquility.On July 20, 1969, Armstrong would become the first person to set foot on the moon.

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