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  This week marked the thirtieth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing.
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The moon landing

22nd July 1999

The Moon Landing 30 Years On

NEWS 1   I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.

this nation: the whole country together with its social and political structures

to commit: to definitely decide to do something

before this decade is out: before this decade (the 1960s) ends

mankind: collective reference to all the people in the world

NEWS 2  

We will venture further outward in space. There will be permanent colonies on Mars. It's a question of whether we have the will today to take the tools and the opportunities - as I see it - to first put large numbers of people into space, because by so doing we will increase the awareness, the enthusiasm, the support and the rocket systems that are needed to then economically send explorers back to the moon and on to Mars.


will: modal verb used to express future certainty
venture: verb meaning to go somewhere in spite of danger
the will: noun meaning the determination to do something

    Buzz Aldrin answered questions on Talking Point

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