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Moon landing astronauts reunite for 50th

President Donald Trump has told the living members of Apollo 11 "We are bringing the glamour back" to the space program on the anniversary of the lunar landing.

US President Donald Trump has marked the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon at an Oval Office meeting with former Apollo 11 astronauts.

Flanked by Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and the family of mission commander Neil Armstrong on Friday, Trump was briefed on his administration's plans to send astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars, as well as advances in commercial spaceflight and the reusability of space systems.

"We are bringing the glamour back" to the space program, Trump said at the event, where he was joined by first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Trump directed Bridenstine to listen to the "other side" of his Mars exploration plan, referencing concerns by some that the most efficient way to the red planet does not begin with a lunar visit.

NASA's current plans include the moon as a celestial stepping stone to Mars.

Aldrin told Trump he was disappointed that even more advancements have not been made in space over the past decade.

Aldrin and Armstrong, who died in 2012, made history when they landed on the moon 50 years ago on Saturday, as Collins orbited overhead in their command module.

Pence will mark the anniversary on Saturday with a visit and speech at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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