On the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first moon landing, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins met.
They gathered with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, who got a rundown of his administration’s plans to get astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and then to Mars in the 2030s.
Also attending were both late Neil Armstrong’s sons, the first man to step on the moon on July 20, 1969, as well as first lady Melania Trump, vice president Mike Pence, and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.
The discussion on the moon versus Mars emerged again Friday as the next target for astronauts. The president questioned if astronauts could get to Mars without going back to the moon first.
NASA broadcast a two-hour show on Friday afternoon remembering Apollo 11 but also looking forward to its future moon plans. Bridenstine disclosed the new logo for the moon program at the end of the program, called Artemis after the twin sister of the Apollo of Greek mythology.
In Houston, Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham said that hundreds of years from now the moon landings will be remembered and Armstrong, in specific, will go down in history.