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‘Orbital Mechanics’: The first Soviet and American pioneers had led the way in space flight. However both nations realized quickly that they would need more manpower to achieve their goals. NASA selected a second intake of nine astronauts in September 1962. This group included the man who would become a household name for being the first man to walk on the moon – Neil Armstrong. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to experience the moon’s surface, was part of a third group chosen by NASA to continue their space exploration.