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Gathering for the Walter Cronkite Memorial Service

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Outside at Lincoln Center, prior to the Walter Cronkite memorial service.

At this hour, a veritable who’s who of journalists, political figures, and other newsmakers are either on their way to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York — or have arrived there by now — for the public memorial service for legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite.

TVNewser editors Chris and Kevin are on the scene, and have spotted CBS’s Les Moonves, Bob Schieffer, Morley Safer, Bill Plante, Rick Kaplan, Jeff Greenfield, and Erin Moriarty; former CBS News president Andrew Heyward; NBCers Steve Capus and Brian Williams; ABCers Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson, and Barbara Walters; and former The Insider host Pat O’Brien.

Attendees were asked to arrive early for the 10:30amET service “due to security concerns surrounding the appearance of President Obama at this event,” according to a CBS press release.

CronkiteWalter.jpgPresident Obama has left the White House en route to the service, where he is scheduled to speak, along with former President Bill Clinton, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and others.

CBS will stream live coverage of the service on CBSnews.com, CBS.com, TV.com, and other sites as well. Chris and Kevin are providing updates today on Twitter, and will have a full report this afternoon.

Walter Cronkite passed away at the age of 92 on July 17.

> Update: Live streaming has begun at cbsnews.com. Spotted in attendance: Katie Couric, Dan Rather and Andy Rooney. Joanna Simon, who had been Walter Cronkite’s companion in the last few years, is also there.

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The Ticker: Blitzer, Koppel, Spelling…

> CNN’S Wolf Blitzer will anchor a one-hour special commemorating the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. Monday at 4pmET, Blitzer will guide viewers through the historic moments leading up to the moonwalk. And at 4:17pmET, the exact time of the lunar landing, Blitzer will speak with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

> Tonight on BBC World News America Contributing Analyst Ted Koppel offers his unique perspective on the controversy surrounding secret CIA plans for covert operations to assassinate senior al-Qaeda operatives.

> More NBCU synergy: next week, Tori Spelling, of Oxygen’s “Tori & Dean” will guest co-host the fourth hour of “Today” alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. The 90210 star will sit on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the vacationing Hoda Kotb.

FNC Special Commemorates Apollo 11 Mission

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Tomorrow night at 10pmET, Fox News Channel will present a special commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which put a man on the moon. The special “Apollo 11: One Small Step to Our Future,” is hosted by Greta Van Susteren and includes an interview with Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11′s lunar module pilot and the second man to walk on the moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong was the first.

Click here to see a preview video…

Meanwhile, you can now follow Aldrin on Twitter: @therealbuzz. Within the last two hours he wrote:

W/8 of my fellow Apollo astronauts @ Kennedy Space Center to share laughs & memories w/public on our adventures to the moon.