Apollo 11 landed on the moon 44 years ago on July 20, 1969. Then, four days later, the command module of the spacecraft landed back on Earth. This photo shows flight controllers celebrating their success July 24, 1969.
You can check out other bits of Apollo 11 history here on Popular Science. See a page from the flight plan, read 10 quirky facts about the mission and learn about some moon dust samples that had gotten misplaced until just this past May.
it would be good to see this kind of enthusiasm about space again.
things do hold us back, economic crisis, etc....
but if only we could have a bold & ambitious world leader say; let us work together and head for the stars.
Kick start some more industry around space exploration. If we could grow that industry, like we did the military, we'd probably have a real working Warp drive by now. not just be in the infancy of it.
Humans by nature are curious to explore the unknown. eventually we'll head to the stars. hopefully sooner than later.
You don't think there is a big hype about space?
Did you see the people waving at Cassini? Messenger took the same picture but from Mercury....MSL team treated as rockstars? Oppy still on Mars rolling? and I could just go on and on with actual and recent space exploration projects. Hubble most recent discoveries? Voyagers possibly leaving the heliosphere into deep space?
Maybe we are not spending money as now there is no political advantage over space exploration but there is a lot of stuff going on and a lot of funding available
there's not as much hype in the general public.
everyone was eager to to see the moon landings. the 1960's it was the Space Age, people were excited. electricity was in the air. people had ambitions.
A local radio station actually did a survey and more people knew the name of the Ikea monkey; than Chris Hadfield. He was the first Canadian ISS Commander, and the general public was apathetic. They were more concerned about Darwin, the cute little monkey in the sheerling coat.
I know there's a lot going on with space exploration. the general public just seems to have lost a lot of interest.
I think we need a really ambitious mission, to garner interest again. either that or a big announcement. like 'yes, Alien life has been discovered'
we all get riled up when we hear that Curiousity has found 'organic' material. or a new potentially habitable planet has been found, etc. if only we could confirm something that's tangible. sure the planets are out there, but we can't go to them - not right now anyways. ...
I think we've been waiting a long time for something BIG.