NASA prepares to send 'first woman and next man' on Moon

NASA prepares to send 'first woman and next man' on Moon

"Similar to the 1960s, we too have an opportunity to take a giant leap forward for all of humanity", said Bridenstine.

Aldrin soon followed Armstrong out of their capsule, and onto the surface of the moon.

At 4:18 p.m. ET on July 20, 1969, the lunar module carrying Armstrong and crewmate Buzz Aldrin touched down on the Sea of Tranquility, following a four-day journey.

NASA's new Artemis lunar operation is aimed at returning humans to Earth's satellite, following in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969 - but this time to set up camp, rather than just pay a flying visit.

However, President Donald Trump on Friday indicated he was not interested in a mission going back to the moon. The second is supposed to be the first human-crewed flight, while the third to land the astronauts on the Moon.

Trump's insistence on going to Mars first is considered by some as a surprising turn since the President's very first space directive back in 2017 was instructing NASA to go back to the Moon and establish US presence there. All of the Apollo astronauts have always been honorary citizens of Apollo, the society's Alan Morgan said. Armstrong and Aldrin were "A1, No. 1, higher than major league", Aker recalled Saturday. "So what you would have seen on the date of the Apollo 11 launch", said Rebecca Dixon, front desk assistant at the Roberson Museum.

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Collins, 88, who stayed in the command module while Aldrin and Armstrong descended to the moon, told Trump he supported going directly to Mars.

The plan will involve the recruitment of private companies and global partners, the construction of a lunar space station and manned landings at the Moon's south pole within five years.

"Good grief! It's still fantastic, the No. 1 feat of the 20th century, if not all of modern history, that first time there", said Turner, 57, a computer programmer from Poulsbo, Washington. "Good grief! It's still incredible, the No. 1 feat of the 20th century, if not all of modern history, that first time there". "I still have vivid memories of seeing Neil Armstrong when he first stepped on the moon". The powdered orange drink Tang was back in vogue for the toasts, along with marshmallow and chocolate MoonPies, including a 55-pound (25-kilogram), 45,000-calorie MoonPie at Kennedy's One Giant Leap bash.

"This is what we're here for, to share the American space experience", explained executive director Karan Conklin, who led the toast.

All three men were born in 1930, and Armstrong died in 2012.

The crew deliberately modeled its mission patch after Apollo 11′s: no astronaut names included to show the universal nature of space flight. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, NASA has had to send its astronauts on Russian Soyuz rockets at about $80 million a seat to the International Space Station, including one such launch less than an hour before the ceremony.