NASA chief: 'Moon is the proving ground, Mars is the destination'

Module of the Apollo 11 space mission in lunar orbit

But since there are dozens of movies dealing with every detail of the Apollo 11 mission, where do you start?

The statement of intent on Lunar Research and Exploration highlights the common interests of the United Kingdom and USA in space, and the role that both nations can play in addressing major scientific questions.

Americans counted the days - with so many questions about the mission - as did NASA.

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.

Lego is embracing the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing on the 20 July with a new range of sets to both celebrate the past and inspire future would-be astronauts.

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

Late last week, NASA announced that senior officials in charge of the manned space mission portfolio had been reshuffled amid growing impatience from President Donald Trump to hasten the return human beings to the lunar surface.

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The Apollo 11 landing took place on July 20, 1969, and that is when Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. "A wave of people that now contribute to the field of space exploration (are) all thanks to the dream of going back to the moon".

Buzz Aldrin responded in a different interview: "You're talking to the wrong guy, why don't you talk to the administrator of NASA?"

Armstrong, from nearby Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Aldrin initially spent more than two hours together outside the spacecraft, gathering lunar material to bring back to Earth.

And while her inspiration to study astronomy was astronaut Kalpana Chawla, an American of Indian descent who died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, none of it would have happened without the first moon mission. The USSR's Luna 1 was meant to crash on the moon when it was launched on January 2 that year, but due to a malfunction missed its target by 5,995 kilometers on January 4. On hand for the unveiling were Vice President Mike Pence, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine and Armstrong's son, Rick. Aldrin and Collins may reunite in Washington on Friday or Saturday, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11′s moon landing.

"I went down outside the telescope with my camera and took a photo of the telescope, which included the storm which was disappearing", he said.

With moon rocks collected and history made, the astronauts climbed back into the cabin of the lander to prepare for departure, when something caught Aldrin's eye. "They wouldn't have been able to keep it a secret for this long", he said.

Some people say that everything was just a hoax, but regardless of what we think, it's undeniable that the success achieved by NASA that day marked a turning point in our modern culture. Then, they could try starting the engine and hope for the best.

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