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Apollo 11 astronauts Mike Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (Also an ExploreMars Advisory Board Member) at Kennedy Space Center less than a month prior to the July 1969 launch.  -- via Retro Space Images' Facebook page

Apollo 11 astronauts Mike Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin (Also an ExploreMars Advisory Board Member) at Kennedy Space Center less than a month prior to the July 1969 launch. -- via Retro Space Images' Facebook page

"The  Molly Brown" was the name given to the Gemini 3 spacecraft by mission commander Gus Grissom, as a nod to his Mercury craft, the Liberty Bell 7, which sank shortly after splashdown.

"The Molly Brown" was the name given to the Gemini 3 spacecraft by mission commander Gus Grissom, as a nod to his Mercury craft, the Liberty Bell 7, which sank shortly after splashdown.

Fifty years ago today John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, becoming a national hero and an inspiration for generations to come.

Fifty years ago today John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, becoming a national hero and an inspiration for generations to come.

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