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Is NASA about to unveil plans for manned moon mission?

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

by Robert T. Gonzalez at

Suit up, people — word is we’re heading back to the Moon.

According to space policy expert John Logsdon, there’s a decent chance NASA has already cleared plans to establish a manned base on the far side of the Moon with the Obama administration. Thing is, they’ve probably been keeping it under wraps in the event that Romney had won Tuesday’s election. Now that Obama has secured a second term, Logsdon says an accouncement from the Agency could be forthcoming.

“NASA has been evolving its thinking, and its latest charts have inserted a new element of cislunar/lunar gateway/Earth-moon L2 sort of stuff into the plan,” said Logsdon in an interview with’s Mike Wall.

“They’ve been holding off announcing that until after the election,” Logsdon added, noting that NASA’s mission, direction, and budget could have been revised under a Romney administration.

An announcement would certainly gel with the Obama administration’s ambitious agenda for space. In 2010, the President signed the NASA 2010 Authorization Act into law, freeing up close to $60 billion in NASA spending through 2013. This funding would serve as one of the first sparks in a plan to ignite a resurgence in space exploration, including an asteroid visit by 2025 and and a trip to Mars by the 2030s. A manned outpost at the Earth-moon L2 “gateway” — shown in the diagram below — could serve as an important stepping stone in our path out into the solar system.

Is NASA about to unveil plans for manned moon mission?

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Neil Armstrong narrates his own moon landing, looks forward to getting his camera back

  • Armstrong wraps up four-part interview 
  • Discusses moon conspiracy theories 
  • Narrates Google Moon version of landing 
Neil Armstrong

Armstrong says he hopes man goes back to the moon. He left his camera there. Picture: CPA Australia/evoTV Source:


YOU’RE in the lunar module Eagle and the moon is less than 1000m below you.

Problem – you’ve got to cover that last kilometre and find a safe landing spot before your

fuel  runs out in oh, about three minutes.

It’s all a bit lumpy down there. Lucky you’ve got a gun pilot in one Neil A. Armstrong by

your side.

Well, not really. It’s just archive footage through the window of Apollo 11’s famous

lander as it makes it descent to the moon back in 1969.

But Neil Armstrong’s commentary is real.

He sat down with CPA Australia CEO Alex Malley to talk through those final

knuckle-whitening minutes when he realised Eagle’s auto-pilot was trying to set

 them amongst a minefield of slopes and boulders.

“Those slopes are steep, the rocks are very large – the size of automobiles,” he tells

Mr Malley in the rare “live” commentary.

“It’s certainly not a place where I want to land, so I took over manually from the

computer, the auto-pilot. Like a helicopter, on out to the west, to try to find a

smoother, more level landing spot.”

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

An Apollo fan recreated Eagle’s approch to the moon using Google Moon imagery. Picture: GoneToPlaid


Commander Armstrong spots a smooth spot other side of crater.

“I’m running low on fuel. I’ve got less than two minutes of fuel,” he tells Mr Malley.

The actual footage shows Eagle’s rocket engine starting to kick up moon dust.

A 30-second fuel warning pings.

“I need to get it down here on the ground pretty soon, before we run out,” Cmdr Armstrong says.

Then a light thump, followed by the immortal words: “Tranquility to base here.

The Eagle has landed.”

Watch Neil Armstrong’s call of the moon landing at The Bottom Line

The first man to step foot on the moon is just as famous for his reluctance to talk

 about his experience, having given the barest handful of television interviews since

 that landmark day in 1969.

Even at the age of 82, he’s not comfortable in the public spotlight. Last year, his nerves

 were painfully obvious as he presented an Apollo enthusiast’s recreation of the moon landing

using Google Moon images to a US House Committee on Space, Science and Technology.



It’s broken into four parts, which you can watch here.

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