NASA looks to Mars on Apollo 11 anniversary

The agency is to discuss manned spaceflight 45 years after first Moon landing

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NASA are celebrating 45 years since Neil Armstrong first walked on the Moon.


This Sunday (20 July) will mark 45 years since Neil Armstrong took mankind’s first steps on the surface of the Moon. To commemorate this historic event, NASA have prepared a fortnight of celebrations culminating in a discussion where a panel of key agency figures will debate plans to send humans to Mars.

On July 24, 22.00 UT (23.00 BST) – the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11's return to Earth – NASA will host a discussion, entitled NASA's Next Giant Leap, from San Diego, US.

The panel will include Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, NASA Planetary Science Division Director Jim Green, JPL systems engineer Bobak Ferdowsi and NASA astronaut Mike Fincke.

The panel will discuss the progress of Orion and the Space Launch System rocket and how the craft could eventually transport human beings to Mars.

The agency will also be streaming another live discussion about the future of space flight with acclaimed actor Morgan Freeman at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, US and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman from the International Space Station today (18 July), 17.30 UT (18.30 BST).

This discussion and others celebrating 45 years since Apollo 11 can be viewed live on NASA TV.

Other events include streaming of restored footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first space walk, an exhibition at New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and the renaming of the Kennedy Space Center’s Operations and Checkout Building in honor of Armstrong who died in 2012.


Here at BBC Sky at Night Magzine we're celebrating too with 50 per cent off our Man on the Moon app until 24 July (£1.99 from £3.99). Available for iPad only.

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