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Astronauts hailed as heroes 50 years after historic moon landing

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Sandy Nunez | 23 July, 2019, 13:23

It was this same planned orbital path, incidentally, which came to the aid of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission less than a year later when an oxygen tank in the Service Module exploded just two days into its journey to the Moon.

Left to its own devices, the TLI would have taken a boost from the Moon's own gravity, taking the spacecraft in a figure eight shape around the Moon on a free return trajectory back to Earth without the need for more rocket fuel.

The spin-off technology developed during the Apollo programme helped boost USA commercial successes.

Other technology developments consist of improved kidney dialysis, modernised athletic shoes, improved home insulation, evolved industrial and residential water filtration, and the freeze-drying diagram for preserving foods.

Also in attendance were Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, Kennedy Center Director Robert Cabana, Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Marillyn Hewson, along with Rick Armstrong (the son of Apollo 11's Commander Neil Armstrong).

The White House reiterated its goal to send astronauts back to the moon and "take the next giant leap - sending Americans to Mars".

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"On the heels of the 50th Anniversary of #Apollo11, we've just issued a draft solicitation asking U.S. companies to help us develop the 21st century human landing system that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon in 2024", NASA chief Jim Bridenstine tweeted.

Since the retirement of the home shuttle in 2011, the US has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, to assemble astronauts to the Dwelling Field.

These original, first-Generation NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Lunar EVA represent the earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man's first steps on the moon. The Artemis 2 mission is expected to follow in 2022, this time bringing live astronauts out into space for a moon flyby. In Greek mythology, Artemis was the goddess of the hunt and the Moon and the twin sister of Apollo. Morgan explained in a NASA interview that Apollo 11, and now his flight, represents "an accomplishment of the world and not one single country". The Orion capsule is supposed to carry humans to the moon in 2024 as part of the larger Artemis program. The Orion will be undergoing final preparations before launch. The mission was meant to test key systems before heading onto the Artemis missions.

FILE - Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the US flag on the lunar surface, July 20, 1969.

The crew deliberately modeled its mission patch after Apollo 11's: no astronaut names included to show the universal nature of space flight.