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Apollo 11 anniversary: Which Astronauts are winning the social media race?

Apollo 11 anniversary: Which Astronauts are winning the social media race?

Ron DeSantis joined Vice President Mike Pence and NASA officials Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that launched from Florida at the Kennedy Space Center in Meritt Island.

As the world marked the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, the United States space agency said it has doubled down on its next giant leap with the Artemis programme that would take "the first woman and the next man" to the lunar surface.

For revelers at one Prague megaclub, gone are the days of being squashed at the bar waiting to get a watered-down cocktail.

The crew traveled 240,000 miles from the Earth to the moon in about 76 hours before Armstrong took his first steps on the moon.

The golden anniversary is being celebrated at events across the country. "In the coming years, American astronauts will return to the moon aboard the Orion".

According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the main difference between the Apollo programme and the "Artemis" is that the former culminated with brief stays on the Moon while the latter will entail a permanent human presence there.

NASA already set a Moon comeback before Vice President Mike Pence issued a new challenge that pretty much moved up the deadline from 2028 to 2024 instead.

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The Apollo 11 rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center on July 16 carrying Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. "Assemble no mistake, the Moon was once a preference, an American preference", he said.

Besides, the life-size animation of the Saturn V rocket, which propelled the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon, looms above the National Mall every night, projected onto the Washington Monument.

"What people do relate to is the idea of exploration and going to a new world", said the 48-year-old Young, who was not born when Neil Armstrong took his few small steps on the moon on July 20, 1969 but was a curious 18-month-old toddler watching Apollo 17 make the last moon landing in 1972.

NASA said the mission "encompasses all of our efforts to return humans to the Moon - which will prepare us and propel us on to Mars".

"I believe China will be a world leader in space exploration", he added, citing China's Tiangong-2 mission that ushered in the era of China's space station in the near future.

However the developments in science and engineering that came on myth of the programme, would affect the lives of billions around the sector.