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Apollo 11 Anniversary: Donald Trump Greets Astronaut Buzz Aldrin Seated In His Chair, Netizens Call It 'an Insult'

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • In a special event on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Space Mission on Friday, Trump met astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins
  • In the photos released by AP, Trump is seen sitting while shaking hands with both Aldrin and Collins. The photo also show how uncomfortable Trump is in Aldrin's presence
  • Many americans took to Twitter to slam the controversial president for remaining seated while greeting the heroes

Donald Trump seems to have insulted yet another American Hero.

In a special event on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Space Mission on Friday, Trump met two of the first human to set foot on the moon - Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Trump meets Apollo 11 heroes

In the photos released by AP, Trump is seen sitting while shaking hands with both Aldrin and Collins. The photo also show how uncomfortable Trump is in Aldrin's presence.

Aldrin is a known critic of the president and has also shared his disappointment with the American space program since past 15 years, when he met Trump, as per reports.

Addressing the media while meeting with the Apollo 11 astronauts and their families, Trump said, "Tomorrow will represent 50 years from the time we planted a beautiful American flag on the moon."

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Many americans took to Twitter to slam the controversial president for remaining seated while greeting the heroes:

This Is How Google Celebrates 50 Years Of Historic Apollo 11 Mission And NASA's First Landing On The Moon

What was the 1969 Apollo 11 mission?

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight landing the first two astronauts - Buzz Aldrin and Niel Armstrong on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, with Armstrong becoming the first man to step on the lunar surface, commemorating the first spacewalk saying "A small step for man, a giant leap for mankind".

He was then joined by Aldrin and both spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft and collected 21.5 kg lunar material to bring back to Earth. The memorable spacewalk was captured with a unique photo where Buzz Aldrin posing on the Moon, allowing Neil Armstrong to photograph both of them using the visor's reflection. 

Moon Landing: Google Launches 'Augmented Reality' Feature Commemorating 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11, Allows Viewers To Explore In 3D

Google's celebration

Google has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the achievement throughout the month an with  augmented reality (AR) feature which would allow the viewer to explore a 3D rendering of the cockpit that took the astronauts to the moon in July 1969, doodles,  stories from behind the scenes characters who helped in the moon landing etc.
 

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