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WASHINGTON— Vice President Mike Pence visited the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in D.C. Tuesday on the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission. 

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 was spacesuit on display for the first time in 13 years. Pence shared his own experience of watching the moon landing as a 10-year-old boy. 

“I remember that day and as I speak to Americans younger than me, I feel even more privileged to be sitting in the basement of our home as those snowy images came back, the black and white images of that incredible moment,” Pence said. 

He said it was not just a victory for the U.S., but for the human race. 

“It was a contribution to the life of this nation and to the history of this world that’s almost incalculable,” Pence said. 

Pence paid tribute to those early astronauts. 

“The risks were great. The odds were long and they were so long that some even feared that if we could make it to the moon, we might not be able to make it back,” Pence said. 

There is a five-day celebration going on at the Smithsonian to mark the 1969 mission by Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, which was the first time people ever walked on the Moon.