‘We go for all and by all’: Artemis II crew certain of moon mission success

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At a press conference on 5 July 1969, 11 days before the launch of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat on stage in a plastic box with blowers making sure they did not inhale airborne germs from the sizeable gathering of journalists. Asked about the risk of getting stranded on the moon, Armstrong replied: “Well, that’s an unpleasant thing to think about.” More than half a century later later humans are now finally going back to earth’s nearest neighbour and, once again, obliged to sell the enterprise to the public. The four astronauts – three Americans...