Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin steps down the ladder to the surface of the moon. (Credit: NASA)
by Douglas MessierManaging Editor
Fifty years ago today, three astronauts set off on the journey of a lifetime to make the first human landing on the moon. Twelve men would walk on the lunar surface, collect rocks and soil samples, and drive electric cars before the Apollo program ended in December 1972.
As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic first lunar landing on July 20, four of the 12 men who walked on the surface and eight others who flew around the moon are alive to celebrate it.
The crew of Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. (Credit: NASA)
That list includes Buzz Aldrin, 89, who walked on the surface along side Neil Armstrong half a century ago. Crew mate Michael Collins, 88, who orbited overhead in the command service module (CSM), has been participating in celebrations this week.
Armstrong did not live to see the world mark his historic first step on the lunar surface. The Apollo 11 commander passed away in 2012 at the age of 82.
Aldrin remains active today by ...