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The first four days of Apollo 11's journey to the moon had gone according to plan, but just 20 minutes before landing, the atmosphere grew tense as the crew encountered a series of problems.Then, as the lunar module Eagle was in the middle of its descent, piloted by Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and mission commander Neil Armstrong, an alarm bell began ringing.Too fast, Armstrong realized: At this rate, they would overshoot the landing site by several kilometers.Armstrong, summoning all his experience, was silent as he concentrated.Months from launch, Armstrong told Aldrin he was pulling rank and would be the first to set foot on the lunar surface.According to Armstrong, the line wasn't scripted.Over the course of 2 1/2 hours, Armstrong picked up piles and piles of moon rocks and took photographs. Aldrin installed a seismometer and two other scientific instruments. The majority are of Aldrin.
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