The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing was used by the White House and NASA to mark the recent success in the progress of the Orion spacecraft. Both the organizations reaffirmed plans to employ Apollo 11 to take humans to the moon by 2024.
This week, Mike Pence, Vice President, the U.S., asserted that now the spacecraft’s assembly was “complete” and it is ready for the concluding trial. He was speaking in a speech at the KSC building, Kennedy Space Center, where Orion’s assembly and testing was done. In his speech, Pence said, “Thanks to the hard work of the men of NASA—men and women of NASA—and of American industry, the Orion crew vehicle for the Artemis 1 mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first flight.”
The completion Pence mentioned was said to be the long-scheduled assimilation of the Orion crew module with the European-manufactured service module. Reportedly, the Orion module was manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Prior to sending to Plum Brook Facility, Ohio, in September, the dual spacecraft is now supposed to undergo trials at KSC. After the completion of these trials, the spacecraft will undergo thermal vacuum tests.
On a similar note, Sotheby’s, an art dealer company, recently disclosed that it has auctioned three unique videotapes from NASA. Reportedly, these videotapes consisted of NASA’s events. The videotapes successfully collected a whopping amount of about $1.82 Million.
In a news release, the auction house disclosed that the latest amount is said to be more than 8,000 times what Gary George, then-NASA intern, paid for them in 1976 in a government surplus auction. Sotheby’s said that these videos have not been enhanced, restored, or remastered. The art dealer company added that these videos are the sharpest, earliest, and most precise surviving video images of man’s first steps on the moon. In a release, Cassandra Hatton, Vice President, and Senior Specialist, Books & Manuscripts Department, Sotheby, said that about 50 years ago on the same day, the world’s greatest human accomplishment was achieved. The auction house didn’t disclose regarding the purchaser of these recordings.