One Giant Leap for Mankind: Canada's Role in the Moon Landing Remembered

21 Juillet, 2019, 21:57 | Auteur: Therese Cote

NASA had other celebrations going on Saturday, most notably at Johnson Space Center in Houston, home to Mission Control; the U.S. Space and Rocket Center next door to Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where the Saturn V moon rockets were born; and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

That's more than 8,000 times what then-NASA intern Gary George paid for them in a government surplus auction in 1976, the auction house said in a news release.

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

"The Apollo missions were sort of scouting missions: go there for one to three days, you collect data which you can in that time, you deploy your instruments, but you come back to Earth".

The footage shown on network television broadcasts lost video and audio quality with each transmission from microwave tower to microwave tower, Sotheby's said.

Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon, and the Apollo 11 lunar module pilot and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, attended an event at the White House Friday to celebrate the mission.

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At New York's Yankee Stadium, former space shuttle astronaut Mike Massimino threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former pitcher Jack Aker, who was on the mound when the July 20, 1969, baseball game was interrupted to announce that the Eagle had landed. He says Sudbury was used as a testing ground to make sure things worked properly, a common practice for space agencies as they do not want to be in space trying something for the first time.

That Orion will launch on the first flight of the Space Launch System on an uncrewed three-week flight around the moon meant to perform extensive testing of the spacecraft before it carries astronauts on the Artemis 2 mission, slated for launch in 2022.

Visitors participate in an Apollo 11 virtual reality ride on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing at the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

The UK Space Agency is already bidding for a role on the proposed Lunar Orbital Platform - an outpost which will serve as a base for astronauts exploring The Moon. "We were able to achieve so much early", Aldrin said later in the discussion, arguing that the SLS/Orion combination is not able to "get into lunar orbit with significant maneuvering capability".

But during the anniversary events at Houston, officials expressed optimism in the future of NASA missions. He indicated that while Trump was "anxious" to get Americans on Mars, his administration understood the importance of traveling to the moon in order to develop the technologies needed for a longer trip to the red planet.

Along with these objectives, NASA will also supposedly use the Moon as a springboard to reach Mars and Saturn.

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