Statement of intent on space exploration outlines UK-US moon ambition

Katie Ramirez
July 17, 2019

The instrument will be carried to the Moon in 2021 by a commercially-provided lander as part of NASA's Artemis program, and are helping develop the PROSPECT Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer (PITMS).

Mr Collins had the spotlight to himself this time - Mr Armstrong died seven years ago and Mr Aldrin cancelled. We, crew, felt the weight of the world on our shoulders. Two of them would be the first men to walk on the moon. "I felt it was a dramatic point in history", said one man, who brought his son across the state for a better view. Chris Kraft, NASA's first lead flight director, assigned Kranz a job as a Mission Control procedures officer, and Kranz assisted with the first launches of Alan Shepard (the first American in space) and John Glenn (the first American to orbit the Earth).

"These courageous men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery", the speech continued. While the crew of Apollo 10 had previously piloted the lunar module to within 9 miles (14.4 kilometers) of the moon's surface, the Apollo 11 astronauts faced an unprecedented challenge in returning the module to orbit.

The spacecraft took four days to reach the Moon, before the module known as the "Eagle" - whence the iconic phrase "the Eagle has landed" - touched the lunar surface on July 20, 1969.

"As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission this week, The One Small Step to Protect Human Heritage in Space Act is an opportunity to recognize and appropriately maintain the historic Apollo landing sites", said Ranking Member Lucas.

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In another commemoration of the historic launch, the spacesuit that Armstrong wore during the mission went on public display for the first time in 13 years at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington.

In Huntsville, Alabama, where the Saturn V was developed, some 4,900 model rockets lifted off simultaneously, commemorating the moment the Apollo 11 crew blasted off for the moon. Also present: all three children of German-born rocket genius Wernher von Braun, who masterminded the Saturn V.

If that had occurred, NASA would have cut off communications with the doomed spacemen, and the President would have been tasked with telling the world what had happened. Half a century later, NASA is preparing a new lunar mission under the Artemis programme.

The first manned mission to the moon was Apollo 8 which circled around it on Christmas Eve in 1968 but did not land. The reverse side of the medal features the mission, dates, and surnames of the Apollo 11 crew members. The OU has joined forces with NASA Goddard Spaceflight Centre to develop an instrument called PITMS, which will monitor the very thin atmosphere near the surface of the Moon.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education.

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