Return to the Moon

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the footpad of the lunar module. Photo courtesy of NASA

NASA is hard at work on plans to return humans to the moon in the next five years and Marshall Space Flight Center workers will find out just what their role will be in an announcement planned for Friday afternoon.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will make the announcement at 3:10 p.m. in Huntsville, but several news outlets already predict that he’ll say Marshall will take the lead on the lunar lander.

You can hear it for yourself in real time on NASA television and the agency’s website.

Workers at Marshall and various Huntsville subcontractors have been working several years on the Space Launch System, which is designed to travel beyond the moon, and on plans to land the first woman and the next man on the moon in five years.

Huntsville celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July with an array of events.

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