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60 years of NASA missions

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot for Apollo 11, poses beside the deployed U.S. flag
during an extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon, July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong/NASA

NASA and Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) officials join with flight controllers to celebrate the
successful conclusion of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission in the Mission Control Center at
NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, July 24,

Looking through the window of a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) are (L to R) astronauts Neil A.
Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins speak with their wives (L to R) Mrs. Pat
Collins, Mrs. Jan Armstrong, and Mrs.

Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, command module pilot Michael Collins and
commander Neil Armstrong, seen in the lead car (L-R) are showered in ticker tape during a
parade down Broadway and Park Avenue in New York City, August 13, 1969.

One of the first footprints of Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the moon, July 20,

A self-portrait of the rover Curiosity, combining dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars
Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, February 3, 2013.

The space shuttle Discovery heads into space as it blasts off for Mission STS-121 at the Kennedy
Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 4, 2006. REUTERS/Scott Audette

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is seen as it was photographed by an Expedition 20 crew member
during a survey of the approaching vehicle prior to docking with the International Space Station,
July 17, 2009.      REUTERS/NASA

Space shuttle Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly does a backflip at the request of a reporter at a
Tucson television station from aboard the International Space Station, May 25, 2011.  

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. (rear seat C) with President John F. Kennedy arrive at the Cape
Canaveral Missile Test Annex in Florida, before Glenn's Mercury Atlas 6 mission lifted off from
Launch Complex 14, February 20, 1962.   REUTERS/NASA

President Richard M. Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in the
Pacific Ocean, July 1969. REUTERS/NASA

President Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson (third from left, center) and then Vice-President
Spiro Agnew (second from right, center) at the launching of Apollo 11 at the Kennedy Space
Center Launch Complex in Florida, July 16, 1969. REUTERS/NASA

A nighttime view of the 363-feet-high Apollo 9 space vehicle during preparations at the Kennedy
Space Center, February 23, 1969. REUTERS/NASA

The Apollo 9 crew awaits the arrival of a recovery helicopter from the USS Guadalcanal, the
prime recovery ship for the mission, while U.S.

The lunar module "Spider" remains attached to the Saturn IVB stage in earth orbit prior to
docking with command service module "Gumdrop", March 3, 1969. NASA/Handout via REUTERS

Visitors at the VIP viewing area watch the space shuttle Discovery taking off from the Kennedy
Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 4, 2006. REUTERS/Scott Audette

Space Shuttle commander Charle Precourt (2nd R, in striped shirt) greets cosmonauts on board
the Russian Mir space station after the two spacecraft docked in the last space linkup of the two
superpowers before the start of construction on a new $60

A view of the Lunar Module "Spider" in a lunar landing configuration, with landing gear deployed
and lunar surface probes extended from the landing gear foot pads, photographed by command
module pilot David Scott, March 7, 1969. NASA/David Scott

Astronauts Michael Good and Garrett Reisman (behind) work outside the International Space
Station during the space shuttle Atlantis' third spacewalk of the STS-132 mission, May 21, 2010.

NASA astronaut Catherine Coleman, Expedition 26 flight engineer, occupies the commander's
station on the flight deck of space shuttle Discovery, March 6, 2011.      

Space shuttle Discovery sits on launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral,
Florida, October 22, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Barria  

A view of the Mission Operations Control Room while a live television transmission was being
received from Apollo 9, in the Mission Control Center, Building 30, at Johnson Space Center in
Houston, Texas, March 1969. NASA/via REUTERS

Astronaut Gene Cernan is pictured in the Command Module during the outbound trip from the
moon during the Apollo 17 mission in December, 1972. REUTERS/NASA

Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong waves to well wishers on the way out to the transfer van,
July 16, 1969. Mike Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Deke Slayton (dark shirt behind Aldrin to the left)
follow Armstrong down the hallway. REUTERS/NASA

Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong (L), Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin smile through the
window of the mobile quarantine van, July 24, 1969. REUTERS/NASA

NASA engineers Kris Bruvold (L) and Sandy Krasner react in the space flight operation facility at
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as the spaceship InSight lands on the surface of Mars after
a six-month journey, at JPL in Pasadena, California,

Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger holds stowage containers with her legs while floating
freely in the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) linked to the International Space
Station, April 10, 2010. REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour is silhouetted against the backdrop of Earth's horizon prior to
docking with the International Space Station in this picture taken by an Expedition 22 crew
member, February 9, 2010.   REUTERS/NASA

An aerial view of the Apollo 9 space vehicle on the way from the Vehicle Assembly Building to
Pad A, Launch Complex 39, on launch day at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral,
Florida, January 3, 1969.

Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, is pictured inside the Lunar Module (LM)
while the LM rests on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission, July 20, 1969

Spectators camp out before the launch of Apollo 11, near the Kennedy Space Center in Cape
Canaveral, Florida, 1969. NASA/via REUTERS

Space communicators and astronauts Charles Duke, James Lovell and Fred Haise (L-R) stay in
contact with the Apollo 11 astronauts during their lunar landing mission at mission control in
Houston, Texas, July 20, 1969. NASA/via REUTERS  

The Saturn V rocket carrying the Apollo 11 spaceflight sits on the launch pad at the Kennedy
Space Center, July 1, 1969.  REUTERS/NASA

Lunar module pilot Russell Schweickart (L) and commander James McDivitt (R) are seen during a
live television transmission from inside the Lunar Module "Spider", March 7, 1969.

Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr., pilot of the Mercury Atlas 6 (MA-6) spaceflight, poses for a photo
with the Mercury "Friendship 7" spacecraft during preflight activities at the Kennedy Space
Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, February 20, 1962.

Earth rises above the lunar horizon, as photographed from the Apollo 10 Lunar Module. May

Astronaut Ed White floats in the microgravity of space during the first U.S. spacewalk outside the
Gemini IV spacecraft, June 3, 1965. In his left hand is a Hand-Held Self-Maneuvering Unit with
which he controls his movements in space.

Astronaut John Young, command module pilot, displays a drawing of Snoopy in this color
reproduction taken from the fourth telecast made by the color television camera aboard the
Apollo 10 spacecraft, May 19, 1969.

Astronaut Eugene Cernan, lunar module pilot for the Apollo 10 mission, exits the spacecraft
during recovery operations in the South Pacific, May 26, 1969. NASA/via REUTERS

The expended Saturn IVB stage is pictured from the Apollo 7 spacecraft during transposition and
docking maneuvers, October 11, 1968. REUTERS/NASA

Scientist-astronaut Harrison H.

Astronaut and Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin is pictured during the Apollo 11 extravehicular
activity on the surface of the moon, July 20, 1969.  NASA/via REUTERS  

Telecom engineer Peter Ilott (front R) hugs a colleague as they celebrate the Mars science rover
Curiosity's successful landing, at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, August 5,
2012. REUTERS/Brian van der Brug/Pool

Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. is strapped into his parachute harness during training at
the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Command Life Support School, at Perrin Air Force Base, in
Sherman, Texas.   REUTERS/NASA

The space shuttle Discovery takes off from launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape
Canaveral, Florida, March 15, 2009. REUTERS/Scott Audette

The Space Shuttle Discovery as it performed a full 360-degree backflip taken from the
International Space Station as the two spacecraft drew near before docking, August 30, 2009.

Spectators watch as space shuttle Atlantis lifts off on a mission to the International Space Station
from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, May 14, 2010.    
 REUTERS/Scott Audette

Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is pictured in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module (LM)
during the lunar landing mission, July 20, 1969. REUTERS/NASA/Handout

Astronaut Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon near
the leg of the Lunar Module (LM) "Eagle" during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA), July

Earth is seen from 36,000 nautical miles away, as photographed from the Apollo 10 spacecraft,
May 18, 1969.

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