'One Small Step' and Other Notable Quotes on Moon Landing

Apollo 11 crew member Buzz Aldrin salutes the U.S. flag. Image courtesy of NASA History Office and the NASA JSC Media Services Center

"As you know, NASA has been given a bold challenge to put the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024, with a focus on the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars", Jim Bridenstine wrote in an email to staff, according to the Post.

Having served at the agency since 1977, Gerstenmaier had been in charge of some of NASA's most high-profile programs and is known as a steady and methodical force inside the halls of NASA's headquarters.

NASA's assistant deputy associate administrator of human exploration, Bill Hill, the second in command, was also reassigned.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said there was nothing wrong with what Gerstenmaier was doing.

Today there is increased interest in returning, with Nasa aiming to put feet on the moon by 2024 and multinational plans to build a space station around the moon in the future.

Business secretary: 'no-deal Brexit will cost thousands of jobs'
But the former foreign secretary insisted his comments in the debate had been "misrepresented" and denied withholding his backing. Mr Johnson, in a separate interview with Neil, repeated his pledge to leave the European Union on October 31 "come what may".

The project, named Artemis, would be the first attempt to return humans to the lunar surface since the last Apollo landing in 1972, but some experts doubt if the deadline is realistic given budgetary constraints and delays in developing the next-generation rockets and equipment needed for the journey.

The Democratic chairwoman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology said she was "baffled" by Bridenstine's decision to demote Gerstenmaier without a permanent replacement to fill the role. "Removing experienced engineering leadership from that effort and the rest of the nation's human spaceflight programs at such a crucial point in time seems misguided at best".

Wednesday's shakeups are the latest as NASA aims to transform itself into "a leaner, more accountable and more agile organization", as Pence said in the March speech to the National Space Council.

Detroit Public TV is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing with an event featuring University of MI researchers at the Cranbrook Institute. It was soon updated with 2024 as the new target for astronauts on the moon.

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