Never before seen image of the Apollo 11 crew: Astronaut Michael Collins shares 1969 photo found & # 39; at the bottom of a box & # 39; before the 50th anniversary
- Astronaut Michael Collins has released a new photo of his co-pilots on Apollo 11
- Collins can be seen as they pose for a photo of the moon
- Neil Armstrong is pictured with his hand on the shoulder of Buzz Aldrin
- NASA plans to return to the moon in 2024 in its & # 39; Artemis & # 39; mission
Man's first lunar landing in history is not yet complete, and is only just offering new discoveries.
In a recent tweet, astronaut Michael Collins, the Command Module pilot for NASA & # 39; s Apollo 11 mission – the first space mission to land people on the moon's surface – released a photo that had never before been shown to the public.
& # 39; The crew. Found this at the bottom of a box. Do not think it has ever been used by @NASA. #TBT @TheRealBuzz & # 39; said Collins in the chatter.
The historic Apollo 11 mission still makes headlines with a new image of astronauts that have never before been released to the public. On the photo, pictured, Collins (right), Aldrin (center) and Armstrong (left) stand on one side around a moon support
In the photo Collins is in front of a photo of the moon next to fellow Apollo astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.
It is not clear when exactly the photo was taken.
In 1969 the three made history by becoming the first people to walk on the moon and put the United States on the map as a bona fide superpower in space travel.
While Armstrong died in 2012, Collins and Aldrin still live between the ages of 88 and 89, respectively.
Collin & # 39; s release of the photo is just over a month before the Apollo 11 mission celebrates its 50th anniversary on July 24.
Aldrin has remained one of the most vocal proponents of constant space exploration, especially human journeys to Mars.
In May, Aldrin wrote an opinion in the Washington Post saying that humanity should work on & # 39; the great migration of humanity to Mars & # 39 ;.
While space companies such as SpaceX are actively pursuing the goal of launching the very first human visit to Mars, NASA's attention has recently returned to the moon.
Michael Collins has shared a never-before-released photo of all three astronauts aboard the historic Apollo 11 mission. The mission is celebrating its 50th birthday next month.
By 2024, NASA hopes to return the moon, including the very first woman, and from there he plans to establish a permanent presence on the surface of the moon.
That mission will involve 37 separate launches over a decade, costing as much as $ 30 billion, and culminates in the construction of a lunar base in 2028, according to documents leaked in May.
The plan also calls for the construction of the moon & # 39; Gateway & # 39 ;, a space station and a waypoint towards the moon that could be launched in 2024.
WHEN IS NASA BACK TO THE MOON?
In a statement in March, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine planned to send people first to the moon and then to Mars and said: NASA is on its way to get people back on the moon by 2028.
The plan is based on the developing Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft, together with the Gateway orbital platform.
SLS and Orion are expected to be ready for their first non-propelled test flight in 2020.
Construction on Gateway – an outpost in orbit around the moon – is expected to start as early as 2022.
& # 39; We are going to the moon in the next decade with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations on the moon surface than ever before & # 39 ;, said Bridenstine.
& # 39; This time we will stay if we go to the moon.
& # 39; We will use what we learn as we go to the moon to make the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars. & # 39;
Vice President Mike Pence, however, tore up these plans and statements when he unexpectedly announced a new deadline in March expressing intentions to put people on the moon by 2024 – four years earlier.
The VP called on NASA to re-ignite the spark of urgency for space exploration and make it a priority to & # 39; bold targets & # 39; establish and stay on schedule.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine added a week later, early April, that the agency would be very close to & # 39; would be to deliver a plan.
This has been missed for several weeks and the House Science Committee is now expressing its dissatisfaction about the lack of an executable plan or program from the space agency.
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