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Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins met with President President Barack Obama today to commemorate the 45th anniversary since mankind first set foot on the moon. Sadly, this is the first Apollo 11 celebration at the White House without the mission’s commander, Neil Armstrong, who died at the age of 82 in 2012. Armstrong’s widow, Carol, attended the meeting in his stead, reports NBC’s Alan Boyle.

Bees To Get Help from White House

The U.S. federal government is getting serious about the decline in bees and other pollinators, forming a federal task force to address the crisis. Read more

White House Rejects ‘Death Star’ Petition

In a wonderful White House statement titled “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For,” Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, responded to a petition submitted to the White House’s “We the People” website. The petition was created on Nov. 14, 2012, urging the President to “secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” Read more…

(The White House may be against blowing up planets, but where does that leave Pluto?)

During election night, Discovery News Associate Producer (and DNews Tumblr wrangler) Trace Dominguez joined the crowds in Washington D.C. outside the White House. He made friends with a horse. (It is currently unknown if it’s the same horse spotted running through New York during Hurricane Sandy.) ~Ian