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On Apollo 11 Anniversary, A Former Crew Member Reflects On The Lunar Trip

Michael Collins, center, poses with Neil Armstrong, left, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. for a group portrait a few weeks before they took off to the moon in the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
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Michael Collins, center, poses with Neil Armstrong, left, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. for a group portrait a few weeks before they took off to the moon in the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Humans first landed on the moon 50 years ago on July 20. Former astronaut Michael Collins was a member of the historic mission.

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Corrected: July 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM EDT
In an early version of the audio, we incorrectly referred to the far side of the moon as the dark side of the moon.