“It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, those were the famous words said by astronaut Neil Armstrong after the US Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. After that flight NASA launched another 5 missions to Earth’s satellite. The space launches later sparked conspiracy theories, claiming that astronauts discovered the evidence of aliens.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the Moon, believed in extraterrestrial life, claims his son Mark Armstrong. The 57-year-old, who works as a software engineer in Silicon Valley, revealed that his father, who died in 2012, never spoke about his religious beliefs and unlike other astronauts that went to the Moon he didn’t have any spiritual experience, but said he felt that humans were not alone in the universe.
Reflecting on the legacy of the first flight to the Moon and subsequent manned missions to Earth’s satellite, Mark Armstrong said that it inspired people, who felt they were part of the space trip.
NASA’s Apollo missions to the Moon sparked many conspiracy theories, one of which claimed that astronauts found proof of extraterrestrial life. Supporters of this theory claim it is for this reason that NASA no longer sent manned missions there after 1972.
This speculation risks to be disproven soon as the US space agency prepares to send the first woman and the next man to Earth’s satellite by 2024 as part of its Artemis programme. Together with its partners from Australia, Canada, Europe, and Japan, NASA plans to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon following the manned mission.
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