Monday July  20, 2009* United States News.US

On the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the first men to reach the moon’s surface said it’s time for the country to renew its commitment to space exploration and look beyond the moon to Mars.

At a gathering at NASA’s headquarters Monday morning, astronauts from various Apollo missions, including Buzz Aldrin, who traveled to the moon with Neil Armstrong in 1969, and Jim Lovell, commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, defended the space program and called on public leaders chart a course for Mars. More . . .