NASA Prepares to Send ‘First Woman and Next Man’ on Moon

Federico Mansilla
Julio 22, 2019

"Through the Artemis programme, we will see the first woman and the next man walk on the surface of the Moon".

On the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to the three American astronauts who helped make the historic event a reality.

At the moment the spacecraft landed, Apollo 11 commander Armstrong said: "Houston, Tranquility Base here".

The Museum of Flight in Seattle also screened the original footage of the landing, recreating a 1969 living room complete with a contemporary TV.

Charlie Duke, the capsule communicator, responded from mission control in Houston: "Roger, Tranquility".

Armstrong was joined by his crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.

NASA has been in overdrive for several weeks to mark the anniversary, with exhibits and events around the country, including projecting the giant Saturn V rocket and clips from the mission on the Washington Monument.

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In an interview with Fox News, Aldrin lamented the lack of progress in human space exploration since the Apollo program, which ended in 1972.

"I lead a quiet life".

Kids got hands on during the mission to the moon activity where they got to see a frozen moon. The anniversary has also been an opportunity for the Chinese internet to showcase the lighter side of the moon, with a video compilation of astronauts stumbling while walking on the heavenly body's surface going viral as well.

The show, which opened in April and closes on Monday, features a giant replica of the moon that hangs from the building's glass ceiling. "Even if you didn't grow up at that time, everyone knows, 'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' It's something that is pervasive".

Pence, chairing the White House's National Space Council, announced in March an accelerated schedule for NASA to return astronauts to the moon by 2024, halving the US space agency's previous timeline to get there by 2028 and requesting from Congress a $1.6 billion boost to NASA's fiscal 2020 budget request.

When asked the question, the NASA administrator replied that a Moon mission is an important "proving ground" that would eventually help the space agency to ensure that a Mars mission would be successful.

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