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[i]After the news of Elliot's death had been so bungled by NASA and the press, Togethersville banded together more than ever, especially protecting its widows and wives from the outside world - which in the case of Ted Freeman's death had been devastating.[/i]
[i]A few days she (Joan Aldrin) wrote, "Had a long talk with Buzz, but still don't understand what he was driving at. Who makes the first exit from the lunar module on lunar surface is still very much an issue. And B was upset because he heard, via that terrible institution, the grapevine, that Deke's opinion was that Neil should be the first for historic reasons if nothing else."[/i]
[i]Apollo 11's commander, Neil Armstrong, was a civilian, and both NASA and President Nixon felt it was important for Apollo 11 not to be seen as a form of military action, of lunar conquest, especially with the Vietnam War still raging.[/i]
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