Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

"Looking back, landing on the moon wasn't just our job, it was a historic opportunity to prove to the world America's can-do spirit", Aldrin, 89, tweeted before joining Vice President Mike Pence on a flight to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Mr Aldrin was later given a standing ovation during a speech by Mr Pence. Collins, the command module pilot who stayed in lunar orbit while Aldrin and Armstrong hopped around the lunar surface collecting samples, did not attend the ceremony. "Apollo 11 is the only event in the 20th century that stands a chance of being widely remembered in the 30th century".

"They did more than win the space race, they brought together our nation, and for one brief moment, all the people of the world were truly one", Pence said at an anniversary event Saturday at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

In Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, almost 2,000 runners competed in 5-km and 10-km "Run to the Moon" races on Saturday. Before going to the Operations and Checkout Building, the Vice President, Aldrin and Armstrong visited Kennedys historic launch pad, 39A, where the Apollo 11 mission lifted off.

Pablo de Leon, a space engineer, knows that astronauts need new spacesuit for Moon and Mars missions, so he designed two spacesuit prototypes.

Of the 12 people who walked on the moon during 9 Apollo Missions from 1968 to 1972, one, David Scott, was perhaps most comfortable in a weightless environment.

First in line Saturday was computer programmer Tim Turner. "Seriously? A dude on the moon?' I thought that was nifty".

Countdowns were planned across the country later in the day at the exact moment of the Eagle's landing on the moon - 4:17 p.m. EDT - and Armstrong's momentous step onto the lunar surface at 10:56 p.m. EDT.

"The American space program is coming back".

As he took his first step, Armstrong famously said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

In the 100-degree heat (38 degrees Celsius) of Kazakhstan, an American, Italian and Russian, rocketed into the night to the International Space Station. Only Skvortsov was alive at the time of Apollo 11. Not only was it an incredible time for the space program and the country as a whole, but we're also on the verge of new Moon exploration initiatives that could desperately use public support.

But debate about whether to return to the moon or go directly to Mars resurfaced Friday during a White House Oval Office gathering that included Apollo 11 astronauts Aldrin and Collins.

It makes sense that NASA is pulling out all the stops for the Apollo 11 anniversary.



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