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The first men on the moon are making a big pitch for Mars

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The first men on the moon are making a big pitch for Mars.

The Apollo 11 crew is due at the White House today to be honored by President Barack Obama on the 40th anniversary of their accomplishment. And they plan to pitch the president on backing a human mission to Mars.

In one of their few joint public appearances, the crew spoke yesterday at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum on the eve of the anniversary.

Buzz Aldrin said the best way to honor the Apollo astronauts is "to boldly go again on a new mission of exploration."

First man on the moon Neil Armstrong only discussed Apollo 11 for about 11 seconds.

Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins says the moon was not interesting, but Mars is.

Armstrong and Collins are seldom seen in public. But Aldrin, the lunar module pilot, is outspoken about his experience.

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