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Will humans ever reach Mars?

Man’s first steps on the Moon seemed like the beginning of an extraordinary new chapter for humanity. But 50 years after the Apollo 11 space mission, our dreams of travelling further afield may never become a reality

Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin walks on the surface of the Moon

On 21st July 1969, the world was transfixed as Neil Armstrong took his “giant leap for mankind” and stepped on to the surface of the Moon. In the United Kingdom viewers huddled around their new colour television sets, only to discover that the lunar images were in a grainy black and white. In other corners of the Earth these were the first images people had seen on any television. I seem to have been one of the…

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