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NASA astronauts first landed on the moon 49 years ago today. Here's what the landing looked like and how the US pulled it off

27 days ago   |   By Business Insider

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In 1961, President John F. Kennedy put a monumental goal before Congress:
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth," Kennedy said. "No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish."
Indeed, it took eight years to reach the moon after that, and NASA burned through $25.4 billion dollars before the...
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