The ‘NASA Armstrong’ tweet on 20th July reminded everyone of the National Moon Day in the USA. This date marks the day on which Apollo-11 landed on the Moon, and Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walked on the Moon for the first time in history, on 20th July 1969.
NASA took the opportunity to mention the upcoming Artemis Programme, calling it their “next phase in Lunar exploration”. The tweet also said that NASA is looking forward to working with “advanced technologies” and their “commercial and international” partners. This can be understood as a hint towards future NASA-SpaceX collaborations.
NASA ended the tweet with the valiant announcement that they would land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by the end of the decade. This is the goal of the Artemis Missions and was initially supposed to be achieved by 2024. Also attached was a link to the NASA Artemis Mission webpage.
International and Commercial cooperation in Space Research
The recent NASA-SpaceX collaboration paved the way for government organisations working hand-in-hand with private firms to achieve concurrent goals. The private sector in Space research is progressing at rocket speeds, and government machinery can stand to be assisted by them.
International collaboration is vital to space research today, an example of which is the “Hope Mars” mission by the UAE, launched by Japan’s Mitsubishi industries on 20th July 2020. The UAE hopes to pursue two more Mars missions in the near future. Elon Musk lauded this sparkling move of international harmony in a tweet.
Neil Armstrong’s words continue to ferry us towards space exploration. “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”