Today Marks The 50th Anniversary Of The Apollo 11 Mission That Landed Men On The Moon

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Posted: Jul 16, 2019 2:25 PM
Today Marks The 50th Anniversary Of The Apollo 11 Mission That Landed Men On The Moon

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Fifty years ago today the Apollo 11 mission launched from Florida. On the morning of July 16, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off on their historic mission and within a few days, Armstrong and Aldrin planted their feet on the moon on July 20. Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are among those commemorating the momentous mission:

According to NASA, the launch occurred at 9:32am on July 16, 1969 and the crew’s mission ended with a Pacific Ocean splashdown on July 24, 1969. Neil Armstrong died in 2012, but Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are still alive and celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary.

Modern-day astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently delivered remarks about the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. In the microgravity, astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch can be seen passing a floating microphone between each other:

The Apollo 17 mission in December 1972 marks the last time a man walked on the moon, but there are plans to return to the moon by 2024. “The Artemis program will send the first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024 and develop a sustainable human presence on the Moon by 2028,” according to NASA. “The program takes its name from the twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the Moon in Greek mythology.”