The Apollo 11 mission, the first lunar landing mission on July 16, 1969 and safely returned to Earth on July 24, 1969. Aboard the space craft were astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module pilot. With the success of Apollo 11, the national objective to land men on the Moon and return them safely to Earth had been accomplished.
Improved ion engines will open up the outer Solar System By Brian Dodson March 6, 2013 An ion engine test for Deep Space One (Photo: NASA/JPL) these engines have been used in space missions for more than four decades and remain the subject of ongoing research. Ion engines have incredible fuel efficiency, but their low thrust requires very long operating times
The Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, has travelled to the outermost reaches of the solar system. But scientific confusion was the order of the day on Wednesday following a report that suggested a 35-year-old space probe had become the first human-made object to make it beyond our solar system.