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NEW YORK — Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin's famous lunar boot print landed in Times Square here Saturday (July 20) to bring a taste of the moon down to Earth for the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing.
To mark the anniversary, the Aldrin Family Foundation hosted a day-long, free, family-friendly celebration in Times Square (though extreme heat warnings moved the event inside to the Marriott Marquis hotel). Visitors could participate in a number of activities at the event, namely — they could walk on the moon, just like the world's second moonwalker: Buzz Aldrin.
Well, sort of.
The celebration featured a massive floor mosaic of a larger-than-life print of Buzz Aldrin's footprint on the moon, made up of photographs submitted by people around the world. This mosaic is part of The People's Moon project, a collaboration between co-founders Christina Korp, who also serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Marketing Officer at the Aldrin Family Foundation, and U.K. mosaic artist Helen Marshall. The physical floor mosaic serves as a complement to interactive, digital mosaics that will be revealed around the world.
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"I wanted people to feel like they were a part of the celebration in some way and that it wasn't just [for] somebody who lived 50 years ago [and] witnessed it," Korp told Space.com about the mosaic, which features thousands of images people have submitted of themselves and their loved ones.
At the event (one of many in New York City,and around the world) people of all ages explored the mosaic as well as The Aldrin Family Foundation’s Giant Moon Map and Giant Mars Map. The space also featured a screen displaying moments from Apollo 11 and Apollo memories shared by students and notable celebrities....
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