Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad

Wednesday, 17 Jul, 2019

Here is Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin putting away his sunglasses inside the Lunar Module Eagle, the spacecraft which will take him and Armstrong to the Moon.

Several events are being held in the Milwaukee area this week to celebrate and mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The U.S. Space and Rocket Center was shooting for an altitude of at least 100 feet (30 metres) in order to set a new Guinness Book of World Records. Once Aldrin and Armstrong are out, they take photos, including this iconic image of their boot print on the surface.

A speech was written for then-President Richard Nixon as a contingency plan in case the Apollo 11 mission failed to return its U.S. astronauts safely back to Earth, Fox News reported Tuesday. Join in the worldwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch on July 16, 2019 by launching your own rocket!

Lastly, Neil Armstrong's famous quotation upon taking his step on the moon did not end with "one giant step for mankind", but "one giant leap for mankind".

The Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago this July 20 stands as one of mankind's most stunning achievements.

Buzz Aldrin's bootprint on the moon.

Collins says he wishes Aldrin and Armstrong could have shared the moment Tuesday at the pad.

An estimated 650 million people worldwide watched the Moon landing.

The launch of the mission, and this week's live AR broadcast, will also be celebrated with a day-long event at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington D.C.

Similar fanfare will likely attend the semicentennial of the first crewed Mars landing, which NASA aims to pull off in the 2030s, agency chief Jim Bridenstine said.

A fundraising campaign took just five days to raise the $500,000 needed for the restoration.

At the same time, however, the president was prepared to make another call - to Armstrong and Aldrin's soon-to-be-widowed wives.

The walk on the moon by two US astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, marked the greatest adventure ever undertaken by mankind and fulfilled the dream of all past generations to reach the moon. Armstrong died in 2012.

Some 53 percent of Americans support the mission while 46 percent of them oppose it, a sign of increasing public support for the US space program ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Some of the lack of media attention was intentional, like when he and other astronaut families stayed in Houston for the Apollo 11 launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

United States vice president Mike Pence has paid tribute to astronaut Neil Armstrong as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.