Meet the as­tro­nauts

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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.

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