In Photos: Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Moonwalker and Astronaut Icon

White House Rendezvous With Apollo 11 Crew

President George W. Bush welcomes Apollo 11 Astronauts Michael Collins, left, Neil Armstrong, center, and Buzz Aldrin to the Oval Office on July 21, 2004. The astronauts visited the White House to mark the 35th anniversary of the successful Apollo 11 mission of landing on the moon, walking along its surface and safely returning home. Photo: White House/Eric Draper

Back from the Moon, Apollo Astronauts Had to Go Through Customs

NASA/U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

A copy of the U.S. Customs form filled out by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins after their return to Earth on July 24, 1969.

Buzz Aldrin and the X Prize Faulkner

Led by X Prize founder Peter Diamandis (left), a ribbon cutting opened the Wirefly X Prize Cup held this week in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, second from left, lent a hand. Image

Moon Rock for National Cathedral


Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong carries a lunar rock in the processional to the high alter to be presented to the Washington Cathedral flanked by Apollo 11 crew members Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. and Michael Collins.

Buzz Aldrin and Moon Shadows


Sunlight and shadows are cast on the Apollo 11 lunar lander Eagle and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin in this image by mission commander Neil Armstrong during the first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969.

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