Apollo 11: Michael Collins returns to launch site on 50th anniversary

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And 20 years later, young people who weren't alive to witness the Apollo 11 mission were getting a closer look at a spacesuit like the one Neil Armstrong wore. Aldrin has remained relatively more elusive and did not participate at Tuesday's launchpad event.

Mr Collins recalled the tension surrounding the crew that day. In the televised call (patched up to the lunar module by NASA mission control in Houston), Nixon told the astronauts that the whole world was proud of them, and that "because of what you have done, the heavens have become a part of man's world". "This gives you an entirely. different concept of what power really means".

US Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins pictured in April 2019. We, crew, felt the weight of the world on our shoulders.

More than $US500,000 was raised in just five days for the necessary restoration work. On hand for the unveiling were Vice President Mike Pence, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Armstrong's older son, Rick. The reverse side of the medal features the mission, dates, and surnames of the Apollo 11 crew members.

Apollo 18, 19 and 20 were also scheduled to head to the Moon, with the latter due to land in July 1974.

In his memoir, Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond, Kranz describes his role during numerous most famous spaceflights in history.

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Currently, the mission's only surviving members are Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as their commander and the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, passed away in 2012. Collins said he wished his two moonwalking colleagues could have shared the moment at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A, the departure point for humanity's first moon landing.

Collins described how the mission was broken into discrete goals such as going faster than the Earth's escape velocity - the speed needed to break free of the planet's gravitational pull - or slowing down for lunar orbit.

Armstrong's words, beamed to the world by TV, entered history: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

Apollo 15 was the ninth manned lunar mission in the Apollo space program, and considered at the time the most successful manned space flight up to that moment because of its long duration and greater emphasis on scientific exploration than had been possible on previous missions. It's been estimated that more than half a billion people watched on television, the occasion spurring many to ponder the possibilities of adventure far beyond planet Earth.

"The science we achieve, in particular on the availability of accessible water and oxygen, could help the global community to formulate new ways to explore the Moon and space in a more sustainable manner by using these off-planet resources".

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