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Moonwalk Anniversary, A Former NASA Employee Shares Experience

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Neil Armstrong is known as the first man to land on the moon 40 years ago, but there were thousands who worked hard to make the mission possible.

68-year-old Bob Stewart of Richland remembers well the months of preparation that led up to Apollo 11.

Stewart was 28 at the time. He worked in the Mission Control Building in the Flight Support Division in Houston.

It was his job to ready the up-coming missions. He compares himself to a working bee, one of the thousands that took part in preparing each mission.

He said news reporters from around the world were in Houston to cover the flight, and everyone was just hoping all went according to plan.

"There was a lot of excitement for Apollo 11. There was a lot of communication people from all around the world there and we were all wondering, is it going to work and are they going to get off the moon when you get there," said Stewart.

Stewart worked for NASA until 1978 when he came to the Tri-Cities to work for the Department of Energy.