For many Americans, the first moon landing serves as a historical but distant memory. Current generations are learning about the event from their parents or from a textbook, but for flight director Gene Kranz, the mission is personal. Including the first manned Apollo mission and the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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The former NASA official says he'll always be "foggy" when he thinks about Apollo 11. Although he does well at the Mission itself, he expressed concern to Fox & Kristin Fisher that the US did not make it over the moon nearly 50 years later.
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After Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 entered the moon on July 20, 1969, only ten more NASA -Astronauts would step on the lunar surface. The last person to enter the moon was the Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan on December 14, 1972.
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For the full interview of Kranz with Kristin Fisher, be sure to check out the ANHQ DC Special on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 on Saturday, July 20, call at 12:00 EST.
James Rogers of Fox News contributed to this article.