Apollo 11 astronauts return home, 1969.
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Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and Michael Collins are greeted by their wives aboard the Us Hornet. The astronauts are in a Mobile Quarantine Facility. Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mision, was launched on 16th July 1969 and Neil Armstrong and Aldrin became the first and second men to walk on the Moon on 20th July 1969. Command Module pilot Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit while Armstrong and Aldrin were on the surface. The astronauts returned to Earth on 24th July 1969.