Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on This Week @NASA – July 22, 2019

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 on This Week @NASA – July 22, 2019


Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo
11 … Moving toward the first flight of our Artemis
Program … And a new crew to the space station on an
historic date for humans in space … a few of the stories to tell you about – This
Week at NASA! We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the
historic Apollo 11 Moon mission with a series of events and broadcasts around the country. On July 16 – the date Apollo 11 launched
50 years ago – the spacesuit worn by late astronaut Neil Armstrong went on display for
the first time in 13 years at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington,
D.C. Our Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Vice
President Mike Pence helped unveil the suit. “Thank you for preserving this great National
treasure, may it inspire future heroes who walk these hallways in their youth.” Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins
joined Bob Cabana, director of our Kennedy Space Center in Florida, for a look back on
the historic mission while at Kennedy’s launch pad 39A – the same pad from which
Apollo 11 launched. Our future Artemis missions will also launch
from Kennedy as part of America’s Moon to Mars approach for human space exploration. “And there they are – the men of Apollo
11. Immortalized in bronze ….” Later in the week, a live two-hour NASA Television
special – “NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future” – recognized the heroes of
Apollo and highlighted our next giant leaps off the planet – to the Moon and eventually
to Mars – with Administrator Bridenstine revealing the logo for the Artemis Program. Artemis aims to land the first American woman
and the next American man on the Moon by 2024. A celebration at our Johnson Space Center
in Houston included some of the Mission Control team that helped Apollo 11 make history. Meanwhile, back in Washington, D.C. a three-day
festival on the National Mall was full of activities, including a unique way to illustrate
just how monumental of an effort this mission was. Other Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations took
place in Neil Armstrong’s childhood hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio; at the Kennedy Space
Center Visitor Complex, where two Forever stamps were dedicated by the U.S. Postal Service;
online – with material and activities posted to our social media accounts … … and at the Nasdaq in New York, where NASA
representatives closed out trading for the week. More information about the 50th anniversary
of Apollo 11 is available at nasa.gov/specials/apollo50th. While in Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary
of Apollo 11, Michael Collins, family members of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, the third
member of the Apollo 11 crew, Administrator Bridenstine and others visited the White House
to mark the mission that saw Armstrong take the first step on the Moon – a huge American
technical and human undertaking. The legacy of Apollo has provided the foundation
for America’s return to the Moon by 2024, with plans to eventually venture onward to
Mars. While at our Kennedy Space Center on July
20 to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s landing on the Moon, Vice President
Mike Pence helped mark another milestone in American space exploration. “The Orion crew vehicle for the Artemis
1 mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first flight.” Orion and the European service module will
go to the Moon on Artemis 1 – the first uncrewed integrated flight test of Orion with
our Space Launch System rocket. This mission will pave the way for human missions
to the Moon, in preparation for trips to Mars. Also on July 20, the International Space Station’s
next crew launched to the station from Kazakhstan. About six hours later, our Drew Morgan, Alexander
Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency
arrived at the station, where they joined the crew already onboard – including our
Nick Hague and Christina Koch. That’s what’s up this week @NASA … For more on these and other stories follow
us on the web at nasa.gov/twan.

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