US celebrates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

“Few moments in our American story spark more pride than the Apollo 11 mission,” President Donald Trump said in a Space Exploration Day message. (PA)

A moonstruck nation has celebrated the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world, gathering in record heat at races and other festivities across the US to commemorate Apollo 11’s “giant leap” by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Aldrin showed Vice President Mike Pence the launch pad where he flew to the moon in 1969.

At the same time, halfway around the world, an American and two other astronauts blasted into space from Kazakhstan on a Russian rocket.

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