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Moon Landing

(FILES) In this file photo taken on July 20, 1969 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA). - On July 21, 1969, US astronaut Neil Armstrong is the first man to step onto the Moon, his teammate Edwin Aldrin joining him around 20 minutes later. Between 1969 and 1972, 12 astronauts -- all American -- walked on the Moon as part of NASA's Apollo program. (Photo by - / NASA / AFP)

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It is 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Learn all about this historic event and the space race in our digital inquiry kit

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The moon, its history, and impact on our lives

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The moon is our nearest neighbour in space. We look at its birth, its surface, its history, its eight phases and how it has helped keep our daily lives on track since ancient times

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin, 27, (1934-68) wears cosmonaut helmet, prepares to board Soviet Vostok I spaceship at Baikonur rockets launch pad shortly before its take-off. - On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space, completing a single, 108-minute orbit. (Photo by - / AFP)

Early space exploration and the race to be first

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In the early days of space exploration, the US and Russia sent rockets, animals and finally humans into the great unknown of our universe in the search for answers about what exists out there

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Three ordinary men who made extraordinary history

AUS50TH 1969: WIRE: FILE - In this 1969 photo provided by NASA the crew of the Apollo 11 mission is seen. From left are Neil Armstrong, Mission Commander, Michael Collins, Lt. Col. USAF, and Edwin Eugene Aldrin, also known as Buzz Aldrin, USAF Lunar Module pilot. The family of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, says he died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at age 82. A statement from the family says he died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. It doesn't say where he died. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969. He radioed back to Earth the historic news of "one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs. In all, 12 Americans walked on the moon from 1969 to 1972. (AP Photo/NASA, File) Picture: Supplied
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The trio that led the Apollo 11 mission were Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins — three brave astronauts willing to risk their lives for space exploration

Weird and wacky training to mimic the lunar conditions

This July 24, 1969, photo obtained from NASA, shows US President Richard Nixon (R) welcoming the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, confined to the Mobile Quarantine Facility  (L to R) Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. - When the Saturn V rocket built by Wernher von Braun launched with the Apollo 11 capsule at its summit on July 16 1969, one million people flocked to watch the spectacle on the beaches of Florida near Cape Canaveral. But many had doubts that they'd succeed in landing this time. (Photo by HO / NASA / AFP) / **RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS **TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Ivan Couronne, "To the Moon and back: mankind's giant leap 50 years on"
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The astronauts were prepared to handle any problem imaginable on their moon mission. But trying to find ways to copy conditions on the lunar surface meant using some strange training techniques

Inside the powerful Saturn V rocket and Apollo 11

Apollo 11 launch on the Saturn V rocket. Picture: NASA
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NASA built a special-purpose rocket called Saturn V to launch man into orbit and walk on the moon. It was the most powerful of its kind ever built. We take a look at all its components

Liftoff! Life on-board the journey to the moon

We have liftoff. Apollo 11 launches for the moon. Picture: NASA
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It took three days for Apollo 11 to reach the moon. There wasn’t much to do in the tiny module apart from eating rehydrated food, exercising and keeping the ship running smoothly

The Eagle has landed … and man walks on the moon

This July 20, 1969, photo obtained from NASA and taken by Neil Armstrong, shows astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. - When the Saturn V rocket built by Wernher von Braun launched with the Apollo 11 capsule at its summit on July 16 1969, one million people flocked to watch the spectacle on the beaches of Florida near Cape Canaveral. But many had doubts that they'd succeed in landing this time. (Photo by Neil ARMSTRONG / NASA / AFP) / **RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS **TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Ivan Couronne, "To the Moon and back: mankind's giant leap 50 years on"
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One of the greatest feats in history was realised when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and uttered the famous words: ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’

The Aussies, the Dish and a TV world-first

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Parkes Observatory. The Parkes Observatory is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live, televised images of the Apollo 11 moon landing on 20 July 1969. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Australia played an unexpected important role in the moon landing by broadcasting the historic moonwalk to more than 650 million people across the world

Conspiracy theories suggest the landing was a fake

FILE - In this image provided by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin poses for a photograph beside the U.S. flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. A new poll shows most Americans prefer focusing on potential asteroid impacts over a return to the moon. The survey by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research was released Thursday, June 20, one month before the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Aldrin’s momentous lunar landing. (Neil A. Armstrong/NASA via AP)
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Conspiracy theories that NASA faked landing on the moon have been popular since 1969. We look at some of the arguments and what the Americans say about them

Space race to return to the moon is heating up

Elon Musk tweet at 8:09 AM on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Elon sent a Tesla car into space aboard the new SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.

The tweet shows the car over Australia.

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It’s been more than 40 years since man last stepped on the moon after the high cost of space travel took its toll. But now several companies are racing to take humans back to the lunar surface