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One giant visit for UAE as astronauts fly through

Armstrong, Lovell and Cernan touch down in Dubai after Kabul visit

Retired aviator and astronaut Neil Armstrong (left), with fellow astronaut Eugene Cernan. Photo: Getty.
Retired aviator and astronaut Neil Armstrong (left), with fellow astronaut Eugene Cernan. Photo: Getty.

Three US astronauts touched down briefly in Dubai  this week as they returned home after a USO trip to speak with American troops stationedin Kabul.

Neil Armstrong - the first man on the moon, Jim Lovell - Commander of the Apollo 13 mission and Eugene Cernan - the last man on the moon, landed in Dubai before joining connecting flights to Houston and New York.

The three astronauts met with Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President Flight Operations, Captain Alan Stealey in Emirates' Terminal 3 First Class Lounge to exchange anecdotes on flying, the advances in aviation technology and where they each see the future of the aviation industry.

Although vastly different in terms of aircraft the four aviators share a passion for flying and between them the group have done enough kilometres to circle the earth well over a hundred times.
 

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