What is NASA’s #NextGiantLeap for Mankind?

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by @JenVargas

The eagle has landed…

Photo Credit: NASA   #Apollo45

What’s next for manned spaceflight? Are humans really going to Mars? Follow along with us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram next week when our own Jen Vargas transports us to a very special NASASocial event honoring Neil Armstrong and the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 at Kennedy Space Center!

On Tuesday, July 21st, Kennedy Space Center will rename their Operations and Checkout Building (used to process and test Apollo modules) in honor of our first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, who passed away August 25th, 2012. Remaining Apollo 11 crew members Michael Collins and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin will be there as well as backup Flight Commander Jim Lovell, who many recognize from Apollo 13. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana will attend, and fellow NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Space Station Commander Steve Swanson will also be participating – from 260 miles above Earth on the International Space Station!

Our friends at Kennedy Space Center Vistor Complex have many fun things planned including a viewing opportunity of the next Delta IV rocket launch scheduled next Thursday, July 23rd at 7:03pm.

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong

The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today. It was 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step onto the surface of the moon. We stand on a new horizon, poised to take the next giant leap—deeper into the solar system. As we develop and test new tools of 21st century spaceflight on the human Path to Mars, we once again will change the course of history.

 

Watch live at 10:15am on NASA TV or online on UStream!

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