On July 20th, 1969, the United States successfully landed two astronauts on the moon – Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Fifty years later in September 2022, NASA will be returning to the moon with a new mission – Artemis. The goal of the new programme is exploration of the lunar surface, both by crew and robots. NASA hope to explore “deep space for the benefit of all”.
The moon landing was a significant moment in human history, one that captured the imagination of millions around the globe and brought space exploration to the forefront of global consciousness. Of course, there were also many risks involved in making this monumental leap into space, which is one of the reasons it took such a long time to make the trip back.
However, now that the risks have been reduced thanks to the advances in technology and knowledge since the end of the Apollo programme, NASA felt it was time to go back to the moon and see what new insights can be gained there. To mark the 50th anniversary of that first lunar landing, NASA’s Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the agency would be making plans to return people to the moon for the first time in nearly five decades. He stated that the upcoming mission would be called Artemis in honour of the Greek goddess of the moon.
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