NASA’s plans to return to the moon and launch an Apollo-style mission to Mars have been hampered by the fact that they simply don’t have enough money, raising the question of whether we should let financial constraints restrain human vision.
The Human Space Flight Plans Committee, formed by President Obama, stated in their report that without a significant boost in NASA’s current budget, not only will it be impossible to return to the moon by the goal of 2020, but astronauts might not be able to go at all.
Happy 40th anniversary, Apollo 11! July 20 marks the 40th year since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin captured the world’s imagination when they stepped foot on the lunar surface. How exciting must it have been to see those first steps on television in 1969!
To commemorate the landmark event, I decided to do a News Illustrated focusing on the entire mission. My goal was to map out every step (no pun intended) from launch to splashdown. I was even fortunate to find timestamps to help tell the chronology, and used as many historical photos as possible to further tell the story. This is just one of those subjects that demand it tell its own story.