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11 Things You Didn't Know About the First Moon Landing

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The United States and the Soviet Union may have been political enemies, but the deep respect between American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts transcended their nations' beef with each other. To honor the fallen Soviet pioneers Yuri Gagarin and Vladimir Komarov, both of whom died in tragic spaceflight accidents, Aldrin and Armstrong laid personalized commemorative medals on the lunar surface. While Gagarin and Komarov wouldn't live to see the moon landing, the gesture ensured that they were still very much symbolically a part of the achievement.

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