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From NASA: Apollo 12 commander Charles "Pete" Conrad unfurls the United States flag on the lunar surface during the first extravehicular activity on Nov. 19, 1969. NASA hide caption

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50 Years Ago, Americans Made The 2nd Moon Landing... Why Doesn't Anyone Remember?

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Some of the space food that was scheduled to be carried on the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission included (from left to right): chicken and vegetables, beef hash, and beef and gravy. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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Astronaut Alan Bean was photographed by Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., who is reflected in Bean's helmet visor, during the Apollo 12 moonwalk in 1969. Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr./NASA hide caption

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Alan Bean, Apollo 12 Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon, Dies At 86

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The Orion capsule is poised to make its first test flight Thursday. If all goes as planned, the unmanned vehicle will orbit Earth twice before splashing into the Pacific Ocean. Kim Shiflett/NASA hide caption

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NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

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The iconic "Earthrise" photo taken by astronaut Bill Anders through a window on the Apollo 8 command module on Dec. 24, 1968. Bill Anders/NASA hide caption

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On Anniversary Of Apollo 8, How The 'Earthrise' Photo Was Made

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Apollo 11 climbs toward orbit after liftoff on July 16, 1969. In 2 1/2 minutes of powered flight, the S-IC booster lifts the vehicle to an altitude of about 39 miles, some 55 miles downrange. NASA hide caption

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