A Journey Back to Space

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A Journey Back to Space

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first steps on moon.

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first steps on moon.

Alex Davis, Journalist

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Now, you probably know that there have only been successful trips to the moon. Apollo 11, Apollo 12, Apollo 14, Apollo 15, Apollo 16, and Apollo 17. Apollo 1 ended in flames but since then they have been victorious by sending Apollo 8 to space leading up to the successful landing of Apollo 11. But since Apollo 17 when Eugene Cernan last stepped on the moon in the December of 1972 we have not gone back. Kennedy fought as we boosted ahead of the other countries in space travel. The united states have now started to fall behind when in the January of 2019 China managed to land on the far side of the moon not seen by Earth accomplishing what no other nation had done. Jim Bridenstine, the administrator at NASA stated in a meeting,  

“it’s important that we go back to the moon as fast as possible.” He wanted to get astronauts to the moon by 2028. “This time, when we go to the moon, were actually going to stay. We’re not going to leave flags and footprints and then come back home to not go back for another 50 years! Bridenstine plans to go back to the moon and make it sustainable so we can continue to go back and forth from it. Bridenstine also admitted that we might not be able to do this but hopefully we can. 

NASA plans to build a small space station, dubbed gateway, in the moon’s orbit by 2026. It will serve as a way-station for trips to and from the lunar surface. Going to the moon has become more of a partnership with the Soviet Union when they collapsed in 1991. Our real competitors are China, all these plans can easily be made possible.  

Kennedy started this space race and we are going to finish it. Kennedy never lived to see when we landed on the moon in 1969. “The greatest tribute to Kennedys life and career: ‘Task Accomplished, July 1969,’” which was posted after Apollo 11s success. One of the greatest achievements in history had occurred opening a whole new world for us in space! After Apollo 11’s splashdown was complete an unknown person put a bouquet of flowers next to Kennedy’s Arlington National Cemetery grave with a note that said, “Mr. President, the Eagle has landed.” 

 Sources:

https://phys.org/news/2019-02-nasa-moon.html

https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/apolloland.html

American Moonshot, by

www.upfrontmagazine.com, “A Space Race Reborn”