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The moon landing on July 20, 1969, was the biggest news in the solar system.

The moon landing on July 20, 1969, was the biggest news in the solar system.

Here on Earth, the news of Sen. Edward M. "Teddy" Kennedy's plunge into a deep saltwater pond on Chappaquiddick Island that same week was big news, with critics raising questions for decades about the death of his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne in that same crash.

Kennedy was, of course, the brother to the late President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963, and presidential candidate and former attorney general Robert "Bobby" Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

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But the moon landing was celebrated as an American achievement, a signal that even though the Soviets and their cosmonauts had the early lead in the space race, the American astronauts got their first.

Ever since, the NASA program to land a man on the moon has been a beacon of American ingenuity and scientific know-how.

Were you alive during the moon landing? Are you old enough to remember it? If so, you'll remember right where you were — glued to the television set.

Politics/History Editor Doug Ross can be reached at (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357 or Doug.Ross@nwi.com. Follow him at www.facebook.com/doug.ross1 and on Twitter @nwi_DougRoss. The opinions are the writer's.

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