The Apollo space travel reunion took place in Wisconsin
The EAA Air Venture Show in Oshkosh, Wiscons hosted the gathering of the remaining moon missions astronauts, in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program powered by NASA.
Participants included some big names at NASA: Gene Kranz, the NASA flight director, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Frank Bornam, Walt Cunningham, Al Worden, Joe Engle, all members of different Apollo historical missions.
The speakers at the event talked about the moon and Mars missions, deep space travel, intelligent life in the Universe and the future of humanity. They also compared Earth with “a heaven”, while stating it can be matched with a unique theatrical stage.
“God has really given mankind a stage to perform. How that play turns out is up to us,” Jim Lovell declared.
On the other hand, Mars is considered to be the key to humanity survival when Earth will become uninhabitable.
“I think humanity will move and settle on Mars. People will go there and spend the rest of their lives,” It’s not easy to come to grips with — that’s our destiny, ” Buzz Aldrin added.
Lovell focused on the moon first:
“I suspect that the space program will eventually go back to the Moon. I think in my mind to go to Mars we should get very comfortable making lunar voyages, building up the infrastructure and the architecture to be comfortable landing on the moon, exploring the moon, then using that architecture to expand to eventually to going to Mars.”
The “under the same roof” meeting is the first one in 25 years, as the last meeting was back in 1994.