Meet the astronauts
Commander: Neil Armstrong
Armstrong was born on 5 August 1930. He entered the US Navy in 1949, later becoming a test pilot. He joined the second group of astronauts in 1962, making his first spaceflight on Gemini 8. He left NASA after Apollo 11 to become a teaching professor at the University of Cincinnati. He passed away on 25 August 2012.
Lunar module pilot: Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin
Born on 20 January 1930, Aldrin spent his early life in the US Air Force before joining NASA. He took part in Gemini 12, where he conducted a five-hour EVA. He left NASA in 1971 but remains a space advocate. He is involved in promoting the exploration of Mars, having developed plans which could accomplish the feat.
Command module pilot: Michael Collins
Born on 31 October 1930, Collins initially joined the United States Air Force. He became a test pilot before joining NASA in 1963. Collins flew on Gemini 10 in 1966, a three-day mission which practised rendezvous in orbit and conducting EVAs. After Apollo 11 he became director of the Smithsonian Institute’s Air and Space Museum.