publication date: Sunday, July 14, 2019 (part of Summer 2019)

category: Science

clue: He must have been buzzing with excitement when it was his turn to set foot on the Moon.

difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates

Apollo 11 Week: Few events have captured the imagination of the world like the first Moon landing on July 20, 1969. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the historic event, here are seven people whose work made it possible.

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