Published: Wed, July 24, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11's 'giant leap' on moon

Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11's 'giant leap' on moon

The Kennedy Space Center is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with added events and features that makes this year a very special time to visit Florida's Space Coast.

If there's one thing NASA has learned in the half-century since Armstrong and Aldrin's moonwalk, it's that all the flip-flopping between the moon and Mars by presidential administrations has left astronauts no farther than the International Space Station since the sixth and final Apollo moon landing in 1972.

Joseph Smith, a young engineer in his early 30s who worked for a hi-tech company in Silicon Valley, said it was great to revisit the "wonderful and marvelous" event 50 years ago on this 900-foot-long (about 280 meter long) aircraft carrier that was part of the recovery mission to retrieve the American astronauts.

"Inner the next year we can ship American astronauts into home on American rockets from American soil", said Pence, who was once flanked by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin valid by his speech. "Florida will continue to be on the cutting edge of space technology for years to come". According to the auction house, the videos are the "earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man's first steps on the moon".

Even President Donald Trump - whose vice president is out there plugging moonshots - prefers talking up Mars. Pence reaffirmed United States plans for a new lunar mission called Artemis, which will bring people to the moon again by 2024. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue. The tapes were sent to Sotheby's to go up for auction and sold for US$1.82m, more than 8,000 times the price George paid for when he was working as an intern at NASA. Which is a big ask I think you will agree.

German time, the moment when the landing module with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on board touched down on the moon in 1969.

Mr Aldrin accompanied USA vice president Mike Pence to Florida's Kennedy Space Centre on Saturday and showed him the pad where he began that momentous journey 50 years ago. Nations are heading back to the moon because they wish to ultimately stay there.

Armstrong died in 2012, leaving Aldrin, 89, and command module pilot Michael Collins, 88, to mark the golden anniversary. At the same time halfway around the world, an American and two other astronauts blasted into space from Kazakhstan on a Russian rocket.

The Orion spacecraft is considerably more ambitious in comparison to previous vehicles used by astronauts.

Trump in February signed an order to clear the way for creation of a new branch of the military called Space Force.

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