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49 Years After Apollo 11 Landing, There's Talk Of Return To The Moon

July 20, 2018 - 2:47 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Friday marks the 49th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to set foot there.

In Wapakoneta, Ohio, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum held a groundbreaking ceremony for an expansion to the facility. CBS News Correspondent Peter King talked with WCBS 880’s Kevin Rincon about the commemorations on Friday.

“The museum itself in Wapakoneta, Ohio is a treasure, but the groundbreaking is going to add even more to the great Neil Armstrong story,” King said. “Of course, there's an awful lot to be learned in a lot of places around the country – and it’s not just there. Down here in Florida, the Kennedy Space Center; out in Houston, it’s Space Center Houston, and all kinds of great air and space museums from coast to coast.”

Also among them is the Enterprise Shuttle at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum right in New York City.

Meanwhile, there is talk from NASA about returning to the moon – and this time, staying there.

“The idea is to use the moon as a way station for deeper space missions like going to Mars, the thought being that if you can mine the moon for things like water to make rocket fuel, it would make it a terrific jumping off point for deeper space missions, so that’s in the works,” King said. “That’s where the Trump administration wants .ASA to focus its efforts.”

The timeline for returning to the moon is an ambitious one.

“They hope to be back on the moon by the mid-2020s, but I mean, that’s a big if. It all depends on political will. It all depends on money. It depends on the technology working; all kinds of things,” King said. “There's a lot of variables.”