Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit unveiled at Smithsonian

Module of the Apollo 11 space mission in lunar orbit

Module of the Apollo 11 space mission in lunar orbit on 21 July 1969. Image AFP NASA

"When I said I want to go overseas and study astronomy, my parents said, 'No one does that, ' but I said Chawla did it", she said.

Neil Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin plant the USA flag on the lunar surface on 20 July 1969. He understands, and in fact, he said to me, 'I know we gotta go to the moon to get to Mars, ' but he said, 'What is that generational achievement that will inspire all of Americans?

"NASA's Giant Leaps: Past and Future" (Science, Thursday, 1 EDT/PDT) is a two-hour live special hosted by Adam Savage at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. The show, part of a three-day festival at the museum to celebrate the moon landing, also includes live shots from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy Space Center in Florida and a visit to Neil Armstrong's hometown in OH with a guest list that includes former and current NASA astronauts.

On Saturday, Western University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a day of activities that include touching a moon rock, navigating a lunar crater with a Lego rover, expert presentations and informative displays, as well as a viewing of the sun in the afternoon and stargazing at night.

The last time astronauts walked on the moon was during Apollo 17, in 1972.

Oh, there have been plenty of unmanned landings-and crashes through the years.

Nixon would've gone on to say that "Others will follow, and surely find their way home", but the memory of Aldrin and Armstrong would be honored forever, as "these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts". The USSR's Luna 1 was meant to crash on the moon when it was launched on January 2 that year, but due to a malfunction missed its target by 5,995 kilometers on January 4. "I always think of a flight to the moon as being a long and fragile daisy chain of events", the 88-year-old said at the first of several events planned across the week to mark the anniversary. But the spacecraft crashed into the surface on April 11. "Apollo 11 is the only event of the 20th Century that stands a chance of being widely remembered in the 30th Century", he said.

But after returning from space, Armstrong said that wasn't what he had planned to say.

Fifty years after the Apollo 11 launch, NASA is setting its sights on a trip back to the moon.

On its website, the Sentinel offered readers a look at the morning's activities, complete with photos of the astronauts, Mission Control and the crowds that gathered along Florida's Space Coast to watch history.

After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered in a lunar orbit.

Together they will then make an audiovisual presentation using a giant LED screen installed in Market Place, with Dr Warner narrating and Dr Baker adding expert commentary.

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