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Tuesday, 21 July 2009

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Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin jokes with fellow astronaut Armstrong: "I got yer lunar soil shovel right here."

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP Newsliar) -- The Apollo 11 astronauts and mission control flight directors met with President Obama today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first moon landing's 20th anniversary.

"It was 20 years ago today that we met in this very oval office with President Bush (senior) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of landing on the moon," said Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin.

"I remember flying in to D.C. with Neil in his Cessna 172," he recounts. "The flight into Reagan Airport -- it was called National back in those days -- went according to plan, but we had to circle for an hour due to weather, and landed with almost no fuel left. Had a couple other warning lights on the way in, too. Then traffic on the beltway sucked goats, but that's to be expected."

Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong was first to step into the oval office. He greeted President Bush with, "This is one nice office for a president," sparking a longstanding controversy over whether he said "president" or "a president" as he has adamantly maintained.

Unfortunately NASA has lost the original data tapes containing high quality footage of the historic 20th anniversary celebration, lending further credence to conspiracy theorists who claim the entire event was faked using a mock-up oval office in a secret television studio.

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