Watch NASA’s rebroadcast of the Apollo 11 landing and moonwalk right here

Yolanda Curtis
July 21, 2019

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Aldrin showed Vice President Mike Pence the launch pad where he flew to the moon in 1969.

A space capsule created to carry USA astronauts back to the moon in five years' time is ready, vice-president Mike Pence has revealed on the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 landing. On Friday, Trump upbraided NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine during a televised event from the Oval Office, chastising him for sometimes voting against him when he was a congressman, and then pitting him against the two surviving Apollo 11 crew members, Collins and Aldrin.

On the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to the three American astronauts who helped make the historic event a reality.

The golden anniversary is being celebrated at events across the US. This is what de Leon told AFP during a recent visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. And in Armstrong's hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, almost 2,000 runners competed in "Run to the Moon" races.

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.

Pence announced Saturday that the Orion space capsule was ready to take astronauts to the moon as part of the Artemis program. "Seriously? A dude on the moon?' I thought that was nifty".

Collins too is keen for crewed missions sooner rather than later and has advocated for the U.S. to go "direct to Mars" rather than returning to the Moon first.

About 100 visitors and staff at the American Space Museum in Titusville, across the Indian River from Kennedy, cheered and lifted plastic champagne glasses of Tang at the moment of touchdown.

On popular microblogging platform Weibo, a trending hashtag translating to "human moon day" marked the remembrance of the historic extraterrestrial event, which saw a USA space crew touch down on the moon's surface on July 20, 1969.

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

"To get to Mars, you have to land on the moon, they say".

For the time being the spacecraft landed, Apollo 11 commander Armstrong mentioned: "Houston, Tranquility Imperfect here".

The show also included various scenes of the stages separating, the moon landing, and splash-down as the hero astronauts returned to Earth. Morgan explained in a NASA interview that Apollo 11, and now his flight, represents "an accomplishment of the world and not one single country".

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