The Apollo 11 spacecraft Command Module is photographed being lowered to the deck of the U.S.S. Hornet, prime recovery ship for the historic lunar landing mission. Note the flotation ring attached by Navy divers has been removed from the capsule. Fifty years after humanity's first manned mission to the moon, some of Earth's smaller nations have embraced ambitions of reaching space.
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For a generation, space was the exclusive playground of the world’s super powers — and for those who wanted to become one. Exactly 50 years ago this week, the United States launched its Apollo 11 lunar landing mission and the Trump administration is seeking to go back to the moon by 2024, writes Rick Noack for the Washington Post.
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July 17, 2019-Noack reports on the growing space ambitions not of growing BRIC powers, but of some of the world's smallest nation-states like Singapore and Luxembourg. The former has 1,000 people working in its satellite manufacturing industry, while Luxembourg is seeking to attract space tech start-ups by guaranteeing the rights of private companies to the resources they extract in space. Luxembourg became the second-such nation after the U.S. to make that guarantee. In addition, Noack touches on the booming space industry in New Zealand, which utilizes its relatively uncrowded airspace to its advantage as it became a desirable location to launch satellites into orbit.
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