Texas-based Association of Space Explorers (ASE) has announced that more than 130 astronaut and cosmonaut delegates from across the world will participate in the 32nd Planetary Congress, the association said.??The Congress, featuring the theme Celebrating Apollo-Inspiring the Future, will recognize and honor the US Apollo Program
's first landing on the Moon, share with the public the accomplishments and the inspiration of space exploration over the last 50 years.
Brian Babin, are urging NASA to move work on the 2024 moon mission to Houston, a city that played a major role in the Apollo program
. NASA is expected to build lander elements in Huntsville, Ala., at the Marshall Space Flight Center.
The cost of the Apollo program
was $25.4 billion, equivalent to $200bn today.
When the Apollo program
was first announced in 1960, the original goal was to send a crew to the Moon's orbit.
Budget problems in the United States, altered priorities in the Soviet Union, and the lack of effective space technology in the rest of the world led to a significant downturn in the scope of manned space activity after the Apollo program
. Low Earth orbit represented the height of ambition for manned endeavor on Skylab, the space shuttle, and the International Space Station.
The Mercury program's success led to Project Gemini, in which Faget designed a two-person capsule and perfected space-docking maneuvers that would help with the subsequent Apollo program
announced a few weeks after the fast manned Mercury flight Altogether, there were 20 unmanned Mercury flights and six successfully manned.
The US Apollo program
tallied six manned missions to the moon--the only ones yet achieved--between 1969 and 1972, with about a dozen more unmanned landings combined by the United States and Soviets.
To many Americans, the Apollo program
can be summed up in a very few sound bites: "Houston, Tranquility Base here.
He originally joined the astronaut corps during the Apollo program
and served as the voice of mission control forNeil Armstrong'sfamous moonwalk.
Lu Junfeng, Vice President of Suning Logistics said, 'By combining the rich smart community scenarios built by Suning, and the advanced unmanned self-driving technology developed by Baidu in its Apollo program
, we are now significantly closer to realizing the commercialization of fully autonomous, self-driving technology.
Ghaffari is the daughter of the late Abolghassem Ghaffari, who won a presidential award for his work with NASA on the Apollo program
that sent men to the moon.