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NASA Moon landing: Apollo pilot reveals why Buzz Aldrin played second fiddle to Armstrong

NASA Moon landing: Apollo pilot reveals why Buzz Aldrin played second fiddle to Armstrong 1

Mr Collins replied: “Landing the LM on the Moon was a two person job. Control of thrusters by one, managing computers by the other. #AskMichaelCollins”

Commander Armstrong and Mr Aldrin landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, at precisely 8.17pm UTC.

Upon shutting down the Eagle’s engines, Commander Armstrong famously told NASA’s flight control: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

Two-and-a-half hours later the astronauts began their preparations for what would be the first Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on the Moon.

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Millions of people on both sides of the Iron Curtain watched the moment Commander Armstrong left the Eagle for the first time.

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