With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing and Neil Armstrong's upcoming historic moonwalk, NASA's mission and her astronauts are experiencing a medial moment. The milestone, which takes place on July 20, is celebrated with several television specials, including Apollo's Moon Shot a six-part series that premiered on June 16 in the Smithsonian Channel, and Apollo 11 by CNN, which will premiere on Sunday, June 23rd at 9pm ET.
The late sons of Armstrong, Mark and Rick, recently spoke with Fortune, about their deceased father, which meant his pioneering space mission for them, and their hopes for the future of space exploration. Mark, now an engineer, was 6 years old when his father was the first man to enter the moon. His brother Rick, a software developer, was 1
The brothers recall a conversation in the dining room with their parents, in which they talked about their father's imminent moon journey and the risks. Then there was the start and saw her father on TV. Nevertheless, the two boys seemed normal.
"We lived in a neighborhood where many people worked at NASA and where that was a kind of norm," says Mark. "We did not understand the risks, the larger historical context."
What they did not fully understand was the seriousness of the moment 50 years ago, when an estimated 650 million people around the world watched their father sink. Walk on the moon and say, "That's one small step for man, a giant leap for humanity. "
As the world remembers Neil Armstrong as a space pioneer, Rick shared what it was like to grow up with such people A famous father who does not deal with the launchpad and the cameras.
"You could get advice from him, talk to him about a lot of things, and he gave you information to find out what you want to do," Rick tells his father, who is 82 years old when he dies in 2012 was. He has not given us instructions on how to handle a problem. He was just a support network. He was great in it. "
Mark and Rick are also looking forward to the next steps in space exploration, including the step of a woman following in her father's footsteps.
NASA plans to put the first woman on the moon In June, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine estimated it would cost between $ 20 and $ 30 billion. That's the right plan, "says Mark. "We can learn a lot … from the moon. We go back there, build a camp, learn everything we can and then transfer that knowledge to Mars and beyond.
While the Armstrong brothers are excited that NASA is concentrating on a lunar mission, they are also focusing a big praise on the billionaire technology titans – including Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson – who are out to be tourists to send into space had deposited a "substantial deposit" on a lunar journey. Musk did not announce the costs.
"Not only will you be anxious to get you there, you will be concerned about how safe it is to get there, how safe it is to go back there, and the day until then. Everyday things you need to do when you're in space, "says Mark. "This community of innovators and pioneers is needed to solve the problems of the future."