Apollo 11 and a Quarter Million Miles
Apollo 11 and a Quarter Million Miles
Congress is debating a lunar park when it should be talking about – and funding – the future of space exploration

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peci on Monday, July 22, 2013  reviews [1]
Undoubtedly, the moon landing is one of the most celebrated events in human history. An estimated 600 million #television viewers around the world watched the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the surface of the moon on 20 July 1969. Even for today's standards with easy access to broadcasting, I do not know any other event that could attract such a worldwide attention. Today marks the 44th #anniversary of moon landing and provides an opportunity to look at the renewed interest in space exploration from a different perspective including the efforts to redirect asteroids, mining them and going to mars. This occasion cannot go without a sad note. Neil Armstrong, the Apollo 11 commander and first human to walk on the moon, died last August. Despite the lingering criticism of the space program, we cannot abandon a future in space. The query, "is it worth the cost?" is simply a misguided perception when one looks at the fact that the money spent on space program is less than one percent of US federal spending since 1993.
                 
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alexa Well, the landing sites will need protection, as they're going to be the very first stop for souvenir hunters when the moon tourist business starts in a decade or two. However, the US does not have jurisdiction.
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