On Saturday, July 21st, a black-tie gala kicked off a year-long celebration commemorating the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. The event, held at Kennedy Space Center amidst a Saturn V rocket, highlighted former NASA astronauts, Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson and British physicist Brian Cox. Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace foundation was one of the many sponsors of the event which raised money for Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) education.
The upcoming year won’t be just about remembering past trips to the moon, however. With NASA planning a return trip to Lunar orbit with an uncrewed SLS/Orion spacecraft by 2020, it can be certain the future holds innovative solutions for human spaceflight to the Moon, Mars, and beyond!
For more information on Apollo 11’s historic mission, visit NASA’s website here: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apollo/apollo-11.html