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t started almost as a dare during the Cold War, with President John F. Kennedy asking Congress to set aside billions of dollars to send a man to the moon and bring him home safely. Through tragedy and triumph, the Apollo program delivered on the first part of that challenge on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin descended to the moon as Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit inside the command module. As Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, the world watched via a TV camera attached to the lunar module. Upon their return, the Apollo 11 crew toured the world and as Michael Collins observed, “The thing that really surprised me was that everywhere we went people didn’t say, ‘Well you Americans finally did it.’ They said, ‘We did it.’ All of us together, we did it. It was a wonderful sensation.”

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