Trump marks Apollo 11 anniversary by meeting its astronauts

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 20, 2019 9:52 AM

In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. (Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP)

(Washington) -- President Donald Trump marked the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon at an Oval Office meeting Friday with former Apollo 11 astronauts.

The group included Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and the family of mission commander Neil Armstrong.

They were briefed on the Trump administration's plans to send astronauts back to the moon and onto Mars.

Trump told them, "we are bringing the glamour back" to the space program.

Armstrong, who died in 2012, and Aldrin made history when they landed on the moon 50 years ago Saturday, as Collins orbited overhead in their command module.

Vice President Mike Pence is set to mark the anniversary Saturday with a visit and speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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