Apollo 11’s ‘one small step’ sparked a new rush to reach the Moon

When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on 20 July 1969, history was made. Fifty years later, it stands as arguably the greatest achievement of the 20th century and a testament to human endeavour and perseverance.

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Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon. Copyright: NASA

New research will explore the possibility of building habitats on the Moon. The availability of water on the Moon will play a vital part in realising our bold ambition of living there in the not too distant future.

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Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon. Copyright: NASA

As we look forward to the next 50 years of space exploration, we must acknowledge the contributions countless individuals made towards the success of what was once an unimaginable dream, of landing humans on another planetary ­surface.

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