22 July 2014
NASA officially announced yesterday that when astronauts go to Mars, they will carry an Apollo 11 patch signed by American heroes Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. NASA also renamed the historic Operations and Checkout building at the Kennedy Space Center after Armstrong. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden gave the patch to KSC Director Bob Cabana during the naming ceremony, symbolically linking the past to the future. Meanwhile, ISS astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman also took part in the ceremony. Wiseman said that the Apollo landing was a huge inspiration for him even though he joked that he was not alive when it took place. When presenting the patch to Cabana, Bolden said, “We present this patch because it’s here where the Mars 1 crew will lift off on America’s next bold mission. ... We salute Neil Armstrong and his crewmates for blazing a path that is leading us all the way from the first footprints on the moon to, very soon, the first footprints on Mars.” (Image Credit: NASA)
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