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"Amiable Strangers"

Three distinct personalities, one goal: reach the moon.

Corvettes for Astronauts

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Aldrin shows up for work in his Corvette six days before launch. The Corvette might have been the car of choice for moonwalkers anyway, but the attraction was fueled by a Houston Chevy dealer who offered any astronaut a deep discount. Armstrong had also bought one upon his arrival in Houston. It was damaged in his garage during a house fire in April 1964. In a bit of foreshadowing, Armstrong’s next door neighbor in the El Lago suburb favored by the astronauts was Ed White, who would perish in the January 1967 Apollo 1 fire. White helped Neil and Janet Armstrong get their young sons away from the house, and White then helped Neil push the Corvette out of the superheated garage.

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