Alameda: Astronaut Aldrin returning to USS Hornet

July 17, 2014 1:36 AM

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ALAMEDA -- When the USS Hornet picked up astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins from the Pacific Ocean following the first lunar landing in July 1969, the crew welcomed them aboard with buttons that read "Hornet Plus Three."

Now one of those three, the 84-year-old Aldrin, will return to the aircraft carrier to celebrate the 45th anniversary of what Armstrong famously described as "one giant leap for mankind."

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