Three astronauts launch into space on Apollo anniversary


Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Andrew Morgan of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are travelling to the space station from Kazakhstan. The July 20 blast off, pictured centre as photographers capture the glow, inset, comes on the same date that NASA’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969. The capsule is to dock with the International Space Station six and a half hours after lift-off and after just four orbits. Five decades after the 1969 moon landing, Russia and the West are still competing in space, even if the emphasis is on cooperation at the International Space Station. President Donald Trump has set an ambitious deadline to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024. The project – named Artemis – would be the first attempt to send humans to the lunar surface since the last Apollo landing in 1972.

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Date: August 18, 2019

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