Apollo 11 crew: Next stop Mars

July 19, 2009 6:55:41 PM PDT
The astronauts who first landed on the moon aren't dwelling on their small lunar steps. Instead, two of them are urging mankind to take a giant leap to Mars. RELATED: View videos, pictures, and a timeline of space exploration

In one of their few joint public appearances, the crew of Apollo 11 spoke on the eve of the 40th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon, but didn't get soggy with nostalgia. They instead spoke about the future and the more distant past.

First man on the moon Neil Armstrong only discussed Apollo 11 for about 11 seconds.

Second man on the moon Buzz Aldrin said the best way to honor the Apollo 11 crew would be to follow in their footsteps and aim for Mars. Apollo 11 command module pilot Michael Collins said the moon was not interesting, but Mars is.

All three were part of an event Sunday night at the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum.

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