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Apollo 11 astronauts call for mission to Mars

By T.K. Randall
July 20, 2009 · Comment icon 17 comments



Image Credit: NASA
40 years on from the first historic mission to the Moon the Apollo 11 astronauts have made a rare joint appearance in an effort to reignite interest in manned space flight, calling for the US to launch manned missions to Mars and beyond.
The heroes of America's moon landing last night called for the US to launch a mission to Mars and beyond, in a rare joint appearance aimed at reigniting interest in costly and risky manned space flight."


Source: Guardian Unlimited | Comments (17)


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Comment icon #8 Posted by Thanato 14 years ago
I would be the first to volinteer for a Mission to Mars even if it was a one way trip. ~Thanato
Comment icon #9 Posted by Cookes453 14 years ago
The mattress you're sleeping on is most likely a result from Nasa research. The gps in your car is a result from Nasa research. Many components in your car are a result from Nasa research. The airplane you took for a trip to the islands has parts from Nasa research. There are thousands, and thousands of items people use and encounter in their every day life that were a result from direct or indirect research by Nasa since its creation in 1958. The only reason why people say Nasa, space exploration, etc is useless is because they simply don't understand, they lack the information, the education... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Cookes453 14 years ago
Someone commented on the article, "The fuel of American ingenuity is competition and capitalism, not the spirit of scientific enquiry and the long-term good of humankind." I hope humanity shifts more towards "spirit of scientific enquiry and the long-term good of humankind" rather than the other one. It's a shame everything in today's world is about money, and other b.s. Someone invent the matrix so I can live in my Star Trek Utopia Lol. Anyway, things do seem to be getting better for humanity, the progress is just so slow.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sardukar 14 years ago
waste of billions of dollars of tax money. wth are we gonna learn that's worth it expand or fade away, its pretty simple mate
Comment icon #12 Posted by clubfoot O.M.G. 14 years ago
Someone commented on the article, "The fuel of American ingenuity is competition and capitalism, not the spirit of scientific enquiry and the long-term good of humankind." I hope humanity shifts more towards "spirit of scientific enquiry and the long-term good of humankind" rather than the other one. It's a shame everything in today's world is about money, and other b.s. Someone invent the matrix so I can live in my Star Trek Utopia Lol. Anyway, things do seem to be getting better for humanity, the progress is just so slow. I agree, it's the spirit of scientific enquiry which has taken us forw... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by wolemrock 14 years ago
their theories were fuelled by lust of knowledge mate.
Comment icon #14 Posted by clubfoot O.M.G. 14 years ago
their theories were fuelled by lust of knowledge mate. Absolutely (if that's possible) correct.
Comment icon #15 Posted by MID 14 years ago
This sounds like youthful ignorance - a "what do I get from it " attitude. Wrapped up in self - importance and self - aggrandisement..... Callow youth methinks - with no imagination!!! If you , personally had contributed billions of tax dollars then your short - sightedness may, just may, have some import. But as you have not contributed this much personally then allow the rest of us (even europeans paying tax euros) to truly see the benefits of expanding human consciousness to other worlds, to learn, to absorb new information, and potentially to become explorers on a cosmic scale. Agreed, k..... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by MID 14 years ago
im gonna have to disagree with the apollo crew we shouldn`t overstep our boundires till we get a moon base online its like trying to cross a river by jumping over it now if you put stepping stones in that river it makes it easier get my point Actually, the crew has some divergent points of view on the matter. Neil Armstrong condones returning to the Moon, continuing exploration there, and establishing a presence there before venturing off to Mars. It's all opinion...much of it very considered. I agree with Mr. Armstrong personally.
Comment icon #17 Posted by MoonPrincess 14 years ago
im gonna have to disagree with the apollo crew we shouldn`t overstep our boundires till we get a moon base online its like trying to cross a river by jumping over it now if you put stepping stones in that river it makes it easier get my point I agree with you. I think the Moon is Step 1. And Mars like Step 3? 5?


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