"If Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins are not heroes, then there are no heroes", Pence told a crowd of dozens of space industry executives and NASA staff in the Operations and Checkout building, the 58-foot-tall (18 meters) chamber that once housed the Apollo 11 command module for testing.
A space capsule created to carry United States astronauts back to the moon in five years' time is ready, vice-president Mike Pence has revealed on the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 landing. "Apollo 11 is the only event in the 20th century that stands a chance of being widely remembered in the 30th century".
He reiterated the Trump administration's push to put Americans back on the moon by 2024. In Houston on Saturday night, thousands of space enthusiasts descended upon the visitor area of the NASA Johnson Space Center for a countdown to the "Moonversary", and watched a giant screen that replayed the iconic moments, before fireworks lit up the sky. In Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, runners competed in "Run to the Moon" races. Armstrong was the first one out, proclaiming for the ages: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind". Their lunar module, named "Eagle", touched down at 2018 GMT (4:18pm ET) on July 20, 1969.More news: Boris Johnson 'will do a great job as PM'
"Good grief! It's still incredible, 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.
Pence announced Saturday that the Orion space capsule was ready to take astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis program. I've rounded up a list of some of the best offerings, along with links to appropriate companion pieces from our series to help you get caught up.
Both astronauts and the Armstrong family met with Trump in the Oval Office on Friday, with Collins pushing for a direct mission to Mars and skipping the moon, and Aldrin expressing dismay at the past few decades of human space exploration.
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As the rocket launched, a Nasa presenter mentioned: "And catch off - 50 years after a little step for man, the Soyuz rocket and its multinational crew bewitch an mammoth bounce off the delivery pad sure for the enviornment condominium space". Only Skvortsov was alive at the time of Apollo 11.
Media captionRelive the worrying 13 minutes earlier than the landing, as Neil Armstrong manually pilots the lunar module in direction of the outside of the Moon.
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