Apollo 11 astronauts return to launch pad 50 years later

Astronauts return to the Apollo 11 launchpad to commemorate 50 years since the lift-off that took three humans to the moon. / Source: (MGN)
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Apollo 11′s astronauts are returning to the exact spot from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago.

Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 rocket launched on its way to the moon. (Source: NASA/file)
NASA has invited Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A on Tuesday. They will mark the precise moment — 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity's first moon landing. Mission commander Neil Armstrong — who took the first lunar footsteps — died in 2012.

It kicks off eight days of golden anniversary celebrations for each day of Apollo 11's voyage.

Also Tuesday morning, 5,000 model rockets are set to launch simultaneously at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. At the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, Armstrong’s newly restored spacesuit goes on display.

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