Moon science and exploration
National Science Week 2019 heads to the Moon this year to mark last month's 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Discover how NASA accomplished that feat and the science of the Moon's place in our solar system with our Moon science and exploration collection.
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Behind the News

July 23, 2019  |  ABC Me

BTN Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11! July 21 marked 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history by walking on the moon. To celebrate, BTN will present a special episode, hosted from the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope. We'll look at the events leading up to the moon landing, the Apollo 11 mission and Australia's role in it and what the future of space exploration might hold. Space Race We look at the scientific developments and the world events that created the space race between the US and the USSR and the space milestones that paved the way for Apollo 11. Apollo 11 We find out more about the journey of Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin as they did what no human had ever done before. Moon Landing Memories Some kids interview their grandparents and great-grandparents and ask them what they remember of the moon landing and how they felt about it at the time. History of the Dish We find out more about the important role Australia played in the Apollo 11 mission, and how the CSIRO's Parkes Radio Telescope ended up providing pictures of the historic moment to the world. We also talk to an expert about what the telescope has done since Apollo 11 and what its role will be in the future. Space Future We look at the future of space exploration and meet some high school kids who are learning what it might be like to work on a mission to Mars.

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