Moon landing mission: Neil Armstrong was three seconds away from 'ball of fire' explosion
| Darren Hunt
7/16/2019 11:58 AM EST
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NASA said the incident involving Armstrong took place in May 1968, when he was then a backup commander for the Apollo 9 mission.
Armstrong had been airborne about five minutes when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle. About 200 feet above the ground, he chose to eject.
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