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The last adventure to the moon

The Story

In 1969 NASA's Apollo space program took men to the moon and returned them safely to Earth. It was the fulfillment of a dream with the hope of further exploration into space, including a potential mission to Mars. But 25 years later, as we hear in this 1994 clip from CBC's Allen Abel, that dream to send astronauts to other planets never came true. In this report we learn why the Apollo program was stopped, and how that decision affected space exploration by the United States.

Medium: Television
Program: Prime Time News
Broadcast Date: July 20, 1994
Guests: Buzz Aldrin, Eugene Cernan, Aldrin Peton, Rona Peton, Bana Peton, Tim Roma, Alan Shepard, Donna Shirley
Anchor: Alison Smith
Reporter: Allen Abel
Duration: 26:38
Photo: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon, courtesy of NASA.

Did You know?

• Alan Shepard was the second man in space (Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first). Shepard's flight led President Kennedy to "send a man to the moon" by the end of the 1960s. Shepard was commander of the Apollo 14 mission to the moon, which included his famous golf shot on the surface. He died on July 23, 1998 at age 74.


• Eugene Cernan was born in 1934. As an astronaut, he went into space on three missions, Gemini 9A, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17. He was the last man to walk on the moon.


• Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin was born in 1930. Originally a pilot in the United States Air Force, Aldrin's career as an astronaut began in 1963, when NASA selected him for the Gemini space program. The nickname, Buzz, came from his younger sister, who mispronounced "brother" as "buzzer".


• John Young was born in 1930. After a tour of duty for the U.S. Navy, Young trained to be a test pilot for the air force. In 1962, NASA chose him for the Gemini space program. It was the start of a long career for Young that included Apollo 10, Apollo 16 and two shuttle flights using Spacelab, a reusable laboratory.



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