Moon Landing Anniversary: 50 Years Since Apollo 11 Mission

Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary since Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.

The landing craft carrying the Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin touched down on the moon on July 20th 1969.

NASA celebrates 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing; Mike Pence and Buzz Aldrin discuss the past and future of space exploration.

Armstrong, the first man on the moon, died in 2012 at age 82.

At 5.44pm United Kingdom time on July 20th, the Apollo Lunar Module undocked from the Command Module and descended to the surface of the moon, where it landed in the Sea of Tranquility at 8.17pm.

The building is now home to NASA's Orion crew capsule, the spacecraft created to carry astronauts back to the moon by 2024 in what Bridenstine calls the Artemis program, named after the Greek goddess and twin sister of Apollo.

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Of the 12 people who walked on the moon during 9 Apollo Missions from 1968 to 1972, one, David Scott, was perhaps most comfortable in a weightless environment.

"That's 100% correct, and that's the policy that the president's put into motion since reestablishing the National Space Council", Pence said, when asked if the plan was to go to the moon and then Mars. "It's coming back with a vengeance", Bridenstine said at Saturday's ceremony.

President Donald Trump praised the 1969 moon-landing mission as "one of the great achievements" in USA history in an Oval Office meeting with Apollo 11 astronauts, who offered their thoughts on whether the US should return to the moon before heading to Mars.

"We don't know what we're going to find on Mars, but it certainly is going to be a trip that's very interesting", Trump said.

During his interview with Aldrin, Pence expressed confidence that Trump would follow through with the program despite his stated frustration with NASA's decision to use the moon as a jumping-off point to get to Mars. But Collins, attending the event, said he favored going directly to Mars.

The Artemis program's objective is to conduct a series of manned and unmanned missions to the moon, using its surface as a proving ground for technologies that could lay the groundwork for the longer and more complex missions to Mars as soon as 2033, Mr Bridenstine has said.

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