NASA will finally open a series of samples brought back from the surface of the moon nearly 50 years after they were collected during the Apollo missions. The space agency revealed this week that it has selected two teams to analyze the decades-old materials from Apollo 15 and 17, some of which have never been opened on Earth. Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center will investigate the lunar samples to better understand the abundance of organic compounds on the moon, and how these materials withstand the effects of cosmic rays. NASA will finally open a series of samples brought back from the surface of the moon nearly 50 years after they were collected during the Apollo missions. In a statement in March, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine doubled down on plans to send humans first to the moon and then to Mars and said NASA is on track to have humans back on the moon by 2028.
Sixty years ago, spurred by competition with the Soviet Union, the United States created NASA, launching a journey that would take Americans to the moon within a decade. US President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958. Since then, the US space agency has seen glorious achievements and crushing failures in its drive to push the frontiers of space exploration, including a fatal launch pad fire in 1967 that killed three and two deadly shuttle explosions in 1986 and 2003 that took 14 lives. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. With one small step off a ladder, commander of the Apollo 11 mission Neil Armstrong of the US became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969, before the eyes of hundreds of millions of awed television viewers worldwide.
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. They gathered in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, who got a rundown on his administration's plans to get astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and then on to Mars in the 2030s. "We're bringing the glamor back" to the space program, Trump said. Both sons of the late Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the moon on July 20, 1969, also attended, as well as first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. The moon-versus-Mars debate as astronauts' next destination arose again Friday.
Fox News Flash top headlines for Oct. 25 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com NASA has unveiled its plan to send a new lunar rover, VIPER, to the surface of the Moon. "VIPER is going to rove on the South Pole of the moon and assess where the water ice is," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine during a wide-ranging speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington D.C. on Friday. The government space agency notes that the Moon has vast reservoirs of water ice, an amount that could potentially reach millions of tons.
CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - Fifty years after humanity's first lunar footsteps, the moon is back in NASA's court. The White House wants U.S. astronauts on the moon pronto -- by 2024, a scant five years from now. The moon will serve as a critical proving ground, the thinking goes, for the real prize of sending astronauts to Mars in the 2030s. The billionaires' space club is on board. SpaceX's Elon Musk also is rooting for the moon, although his heart is on colonizing Mars.