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Rescued turtle manages to return to the group that saved the animal nearly 2 decades ago

It could be described as fate, luck or good timing when a woman found a small turtle crossing the street in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, and brought it to the nearby Wetlands Institute to keep it safe from the busy streets.

The female turtle had been rescued by that very same institute as an egg, and the woman happened to return it on July 12, almost 19 years to the day from when the group had released the animal back into the wild, officials said.

The group initially released the terrapin in 2000 and hadn’t seen the animal since, according to a post by the Wetlands Institute Facebook page this past Monday.

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A turtle rescued by a conservation group as an egg was miraculously returned to the same New Jersey wetlands group that had released the animal nearly 19 years ago. (iStock, File)

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The animal was a “head-starter,” which the institute described as a turtle usually hatched from eggs recovered from a mother struck by a vehicle on its way to lay eggs.

In the 19 years after its initial release, the terrapin had more than doubled in size and showed the scars of past injuries that may have been caused by boat propellers. One member of the institute said he was still perplexed by how it ended up on the road.

“When she was found, there was no obvious access to the marsh on either side of the road,” Devin Griffiths, a marketing and communications specialist with the institute, told NJ.com. “So we’re not sure why she was there. She was in a really odd place.”

Researchers were able to identify the turtle by a Passive Integrated Transponder tag the institute would place under the skin of rescued turtles after they’re incubated and kept for a year. The tags had data showing the animals’ age and other identifiable information. The tag showed July 13, 2000, which could have been the date it was tagged or released into the wild.

Many terrapins in the wild don’t make it. Griffiths told NJ.com that drivers should be cautious when traveling near the marshes in Stone Harbor, southwest of Atlantic City.

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“Things can happen very, very quickly,” he told the outlet. “When you’re driving through marsh on both sides, slow down and keep your eyes open.”

The institute had some fun with its “very special visitor” before releasing it safely back into the marsh.

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“For all the terrapins who don’t make it, this beautiful girl represents hope,” the institute wrote on its Facebook page. “Her journey is a testament to the value of the critical conservation work we do and the role we all play in ensuring a future for these incredible creatures.”

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Newly discovered shark species squirts glowing clouds from pockets

A tiny shark discovered in the Gulf of Mexico with mysterious pouches near its front fins has turned out to be a new species, scientists say.

The fittingly named American pocket shark, or Mollisquama mississippiensis, uses the pouches to squirt little glowing clouds into the ocean. It’s only the third shark species out of more than 500 that may squirt luminous liquid, according to R. Dean Grubbs, a Florida State University scientist who was not involved in the research. The other two are the previously known pocket shark and the taillight shark, which has a similar gland near its tail.

“You have this tiny little bulbous luminescent shark cruising around in the world’s oceans and we know nothing about them,” Grubbs told The Associated Press. “It shows us how little we actually know.”

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The new shark was discovered by Mark Grace, an ichthyologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He collected a baby of the species during a 2010 survey to find out what Gulf of Mexico sperm whales eat by trawling in an area and at a depth where tagged whales had been feeding.

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This image provided by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center shows a 5.5-inch long rare pocket shark. A pocket-sized pocket shark found in the Gulf of Mexico has turned out to be a new species and one that squirts little glowing clouds into the ocean. (Mark Grace/National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center via AP, File)

He told AP the American pocket shark was in the last specimen bag he opened about three years later.

“I’ve been in science about 40 years,” he said. “I can usually make a pretty good guess. I couldn’t with this one. I figured I was doing something wrong.”

The only other pocket shark known to science is a 16-inch adult female found in the Pacific Ocean off Peru. By comparison, the American pocket shark discovered by Grace was a newborn male measuring 5.6 inches long.

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The muscular glands are lined with pigment-covered fluorescent projections, indicating they squirt luminous liquid, Grace and his collaborators wrote in the journal “Zootaxa.” The shark also has clusters of light-emitting cells dotted on its belly.

A 2015 paper identified the shark as the second of its kind. It took years more, including high-resolution scans in the particle accelerator in Grenoble, France, to get more internal detail, to be sure it was a new species. Another European expert, Julien Claes, did cellular dissection of a bit of the pocket tissue to confirm its function.

“The collaborations were exciting,” Grace said.

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“I don’t get over it,” he added. “I just remind myself this is one of the great parts of science, to have collaborations like that.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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On Apollo 11 anniversary, Pence announces that Orion capsule for manned Moon missions is ready for debut flight

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Speaking at Kennedy Space Center on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Orion capsule that will take American astronauts back to the Moon is ready.

“The Orion crew capsule for the Artemis mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first mission,” he said.

The Artemis program will land American astronauts on the Moon by 2024 and establish a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite. Artemis will also make history by landing the first woman on the Moon.

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“America will return to the Moon within the next five years and the next man and the first woman on the Moon will be American astronauts,” he said: “We’re going back.”

“We’re investing in new rockets, new spaceships,” Pence added. “We’re unleashing the burgeoning private space industry.”

Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the U.S. has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, to get astronauts to the Space Station.

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“Within the next year we will send American astronauts into space on American rockets from American soil,” said Pence, who was flanked by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin during his speech.

Pence, who is chairman of the National Space Council, cited President Kennedy’s famous vow in 1961 to land an American on the Moon by the end of that decade. “Make no mistake, the Moon was a choice, an American choice,” he said. “The achievement was inevitable.”

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“They brought together our nation,” Pence said, adding that, for a brief moment, Apollo 11 also united all the people of the world.

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On Apollo 11 anniversary, US astronaut blasts off to the space station in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft

NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan blasted off to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan Saturday, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Russian Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft.

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The Soyuz-FG rocket booster with Soyuz MS-13 space ship carrying a new crew to the International Space Station, ISS, blasts off at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Saturday, July 20, 2019. The Russian rocket U.S. astronaut Andrew Morgan, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Selected by NASA in 2013, Morgan is making his first trip to space. A U.S. Army emergency physician, Morgan served in special operations units worldwide prior to becoming an astronaut. He will spend nine months on the orbiting space lab.

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Morgan’s spacecraft is expected to dock with the space station on Saturday evening.

“The trio’s arrival will return the orbiting laboratory’s population to six, including three NASA astronauts,” explains NASA, on its website. “The Expedition 60 crew will continue work on hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science aboard humanity’s only permanently occupied microgravity laboratory.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Rare albino porcupine spotted at Maine museum

A mysterious hairy, white creature found on the lawn of the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, this week was later determined to be a rare albino porcupine. 

The rodent — which is likely a juvenile as its quills have not yet hardened, per The Portland Press Herald — was spotted by museum staff on Tuesday. The museum later took to its Facebook page with pictures of the toupee-resembling creature, hoping social media could help to identify it. The consensus was it’s an albino porcupine.

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In this Tuesday, July 16, 2019, photo taken provided by the Seashore Trolley Museum, a rare albino porcupine waddles around near the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. The museum asked for help identifying the strange animal after it appeared on the grounds this week. (Fred Hessler/Seashore Trolley Museum via AP)

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“We all thought it was an albino skunk because it was so fluffy,” Katie Orlando, executive director of the Seashore Trolley Museum, told the newspaper.

Porcupines are common in Maine, though albino ones certainly aren’t. About one in every 10,000 of the species is an albino porcupine, according to Missouri Department of Conservation.

Later, museum officials announced they have named the porcupine “Marshmallow.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Apollo 11 astronaut’s punch almost ended in battery charges

Buzz Aldrin may have been the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first to knock a troll into outer space.

The famed Apollo astronaut faced possible battery charges back in September 2002 after he was confronted by a moon-landing conspiracy theorist who claimed that his famous moonwalk with Neil Armstrong never happened.

“Why don’t you swear on the Bible that you walked on the moon?” Aldrin was asked incessantly by the heckler as he tried to go about his daily business.

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The Presidential Medal of Freedom-holder attempts to avoid the escalating confrontation with his increasingly agitated adversary, asking bystanders to help “get this guy out of here.”

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Screenshot from YouTube video showing Buzz Aldrin attempting to avoid an encounter with a moon-landing conspiracy theorist. 

Undeterred, the unkempt “investigator” has to reassure his clearly disturbed camera crew to “keep rolling” as he continues harassing Aldrin and his associates.

“You’re the one who said you walked on the moon when you didn’t,” the self-proclaimed provocateur continues.

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Then 72-year-old Aldrin pleads one last time between the wannabe detective’s stream of spittle for him to “get away,” but the camel’s back is about to break.

“You’re a coward, and a liar, and a <mmmph> thief!” An expert right-hook from Aldrin forces the last word of that sentence back into the mouth from whence it came, and sends his cowardly accuser reeling.

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Screenshot from YouTube video showing Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin punching a conspiracy theorist in 2002. The LA County District Attorney’s office declined to pursue prosecution against Aldrin, saying the famed astronaut was provoked and unlikely to be found guilty by a jury given the evidence.

As you might imagine, the man who spent his afternoon harassing an American icon pressed charges against the septuagenarian who “assaulted” him.

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Those charges, of course, were dropped a short time later when the LA County District Attorney’s office found that the totality of the evidence suggested the encounter was instigated by Aldrin’s so-called victim, and that a jury would be unlikely to declare the legendary Apollo astronaut guilty in court.

Asked recently about the encounter, and the like-minded crackpots who doubt we ever landed on the Moon, Aldrin said in an interview with Fox’s Neil Cavuto that “I don’t pay any attention to them, really. They’re out for themselves to make a name.”

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Be sure to catch the America’s News HQ Apollo 11 50th anniversary special on Fox News on Saturday, July 20 at 12 PM EDT.

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Apollo 11 astronaut’s punch almost ended in battery charges

Buzz Aldrin may have been the second man to walk on the moon, but he was the first to knock a troll into outer space.

The famed Apollo astronaut faced possible battery charges back in September 2002 after he was confronted by a moon-landing conspiracy theorist who claimed that his famous moonwalk with Neil Armstrong never happened.

“Why don’t you swear on the Bible that you walked on the moon?” Aldrin was asked incessantly by the heckler as he tried to go about his daily business.

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The Presidential Medal of Freedom-holder attempts to avoid the escalating confrontation with his increasingly agitated adversary, asking bystanders to help “get this guy out of here.”

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Screenshot from YouTube video showing Buzz Aldrin attempting to avoid an encounter with a moon-landing conspiracy theorist. 

Undeterred, the unkempt “investigator” has to reassure his clearly disturbed camera crew to “keep rolling” as he continues harassing Aldrin and his associates.

“You’re the one who said you walked on the moon when you didn’t,” the self-proclaimed provocateur continues.

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Then 72-year-old Aldrin pleads one last time between the wannabe detective’s stream of spittle for him to “get away,” but the camel’s back is about to break.

“You’re a coward, and a liar, and a <mmmph> thief!” An expert right-hook from Aldrin forces the last word of that sentence back into the mouth from whence it came, and sends his cowardly accuser reeling.

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Screenshot from YouTube video showing Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin punching a conspiracy theorist in 2002. The LA County District Attorney’s office declined to pursue prosecution against Aldrin, saying the famed astronaut was provoked and unlikely to be found guilty by a jury given the evidence.

As you might imagine, the man who spent his afternoon harassing an American icon pressed charges against the septuagenarian who “assaulted” him.

APOLLO 11: WHAT NEIL ARMSTRONG AND BUZZ ALDRIN SAW DURING DRAMATIC MOON LANDING

Those charges, of course, were dropped a short time later when the LA County District Attorney’s office found that the totality of the evidence suggested the encounter was instigated by Aldrin’s so-called victim, and that a jury would be unlikely to declare the legendary Apollo astronaut guilty in court.

Asked recently about the encounter, and the like-minded crackpots who doubt we ever landed on the Moon, Aldrin said in an interview with Fox’s Neil Cavuto that “I don’t pay any attention to them, really. They’re out for themselves to make a name.”

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Be sure to catch the America’s News HQ Apollo 11 50th anniversary special on Fox News on Saturday, July 20 at 12 PM EDT.

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Apollo 11: Former officer on recovery ship USS Hornet recalls watching astronauts’ ‘amazing’ return with President Nixon

On July 24, 1969, Dick Powers was a 23-year-old Navy lieutenant on the Apollo 11 Recovery ship USS Hornet. Picked by the carrier’s captain to serve as the aide to President Nixon, Powers recounts the events of the remarkable day when the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth.

“Our ship, the USS Hornet, had just got back from Vietnam – we had been back for about a month and we got picked to do Apollo 11,” he told Fox News. “We all started to realize the magnitude of what it was, everybody got into it.”

Powers, who had been in the Navy for about three years, was the ship’s Chief Financial Officer at the time of the recovery mission off Samoa. Nixon, he explained, arrived on the ship early on the morning of July 24 and stayed on the Admiral’s bridge for most of the day.

“There was a lot going on, we’re getting in position, we were waiting for the capsule to come down,” he said.

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“I was standing next to President Nixon, who was standing next to [NASA Administrator] Thomas Paine, watching the capsule come out of the sky,” Powers added. “It was a fireball – we could see it tracing right across the horizon, it was amazing.”

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Dick Powers, who at the time was a 23-year-old U.S. Navy lieutenant, pictured wearing a baseball cap that was to be presented to the Apollo 11 astronauts. (Dick Powers)

“We were looking out into the gray sky as it tracked this beautiful arc across the horizon – it was absolutely incredible, when you think about it, how few people see that,” he added. “There I was, a 23-year-old kid, with President Nixon, watching.”

The President, according to Powers, was “getting really anxious” watching the astronauts make their dramatic return to Earth.

Apollo 11 splashed down 13 miles from the USS Hornet, according to NASA, which notes that the original landing point was changed as a result of bad weather in the target area.

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The USS Hornet was racing to the area where the Apollo 11 capsule splashed down. “The helicopters were already there, they had dropped the swimmers into the water [once the capsule splashed down],” Powers explained. “They had to jump in the water, then very quickly get the floatation gear around the capsule.”

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The Apollo 11 spacecraft floats in the Pacific after successful splashdown, as frogmen prepare to open hatch and remove astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins July 24, 1969. (Bettmann/Contributor/Getty)

After opening the capsule’s hatch, the swimmers carefully helped Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into rubber rafts. “It was very dicey, those waves were five or six feet tall,” said Powers. “By the time we got there, everything was taken care of.”

The splashdown miles away from the USS Hornet was not the only issue the ship’s crew had to deal with during the recovery mission. “8 pm the night before, all our communications went down – think about that, we’re in the middle of the Pacific,” Powers explained. “We had a lot of challenges during that period of time.”

The next day’s recovery, however, went off without any hitches and a helicopter brought the astronauts back to the Hornet’s flight deck, where they received a rapturous reception from the assembled crewmembers and NASA personnel.

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“We saw them come out of the helicopters, it was amazing to see the three of them,” Powers recalled.

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The Apollo 11 crew await pickup by a helicopter from the USS Hornet – all four men pictured are wearing biological isolation garments. (NASA)

Scientists were concerned that Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins may have brought pathogens back from the Moon with them, so they quickly entered a Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF), a converted Airstream trailer.

Powers, however, had a few stressful moments just before Nixon went down to speak to the Apollo 11 crew in their quarantine unit.

“I had in my possession the three baseball caps for Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins that President Nixon was going to give to them,” he told Fox News, explaining that that night before, he and some of his crewmates had their photos taken with the caps.

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When the astronauts were brought back to the ship, Powers went to his room to get the baseball caps. “I go down, into my stateroom, to the top of my desk, and the hats are gone!” he said. “I tear my room apart and I say to myself ‘I am holding up the President of the United States on national television because I have lost the baseball hats!’ – I cannot tell you what was going through my mind.”

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The helicopter bringing the Apollo 11 astronauts back to the USS Hornet. (Dick Powers)

“I open my door and go back upstairs and there is my room-mate laughing, saying ‘I think you’re looking for these!’”

The president, according to Powers, was thrilled with the successful end to the incredible mission. “He was jubilant,” he said. “Richard Nixon talked about the Apollo 11 Moonshot and recovery as the best week in the history of the world.”

The young lieutenant found the 37th president extremely friendly. “He was a naval officer during World War II,” he said.  “He walked on the bridge and said ‘I’m President Nixon – what’s your name and where are you from, lieutenant?’”

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“He was very nice to me, amazingly down to earth and incredibly warm,” he said.

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President Nixon talks to the Apollo 11 astronauts in their Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) on the USS Hornet. (NASA)

Opting not to do a tour of the ship prior to the astronaut’s splashdown, Nixon did not want to take any attention away from Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins on their historic day. “It’s all about them, it’s not about me,” he said.

Powers’ active duty in the Navy ended in 1970, about a year after the Apollo 11 recovery mission and after the USS Hornet had recovered Apollo 12. After business school, he went on to enjoy a career on Wall Street.

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President Nixon departing the USS Hornet. (Dick Powers)

However, he recalls the events of July 24, 1969, as one of the highlights of his life. “That was the day, at the age of 23, I came to face-to-face with the definition of excellence,” he said. “[Apollo 11] represents, to me, the essence of American exceptionalism.”

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Should we return to the Moon? Apollo astronauts give their thoughts

Earlier this year, the Trump administration said America would send a manned mission to the Moon by 2024, a feat that was first achieved 50 years ago Sarurday. But as the date gets closer and political infighting continues to abound, the question begs to be asked — what do the astronauts think?

Some Apollo-era astronauts, like Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke, think it’s a good idea, but only if the funding comes through.

“Landing on the Moon in the next decade is a doable project,” Duke, who was also the capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for Apollo 11, told Fox News. “It depends on money. I think a couple billion [dollars per year] increase would do it, but I’m not sure. Either way, Congress has to appropriate the money.”

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This view of Earth rising over the moon’s horizon was taken from the Apollo spacecraft. The lunar terrain pictured is in the area of Smyth’s Sea on the nearside. Coordinates of the center of the terrain are 85 degrees east longitude and 3 degrees north latitude. (Credit: NASA)

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“Landing on the Moon in the next decade is a doable project. It depends on money. I think a couple billion [dollars per year] increase would do it, but I’m not sure. Either way, Congress has to appropriate the money.”

— Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 astronaut and 10th man to walk on the Moon.

Duke, the 10th person to walk on the Moon, added that if Congress doesn’t step up to the plate, private companies could fill the void, but it’s more than just about returning to the Moon — it’s about going beyond.

“I see us going beyond the initial landing and building a station on the Moon,” Duke continued. “It’s a great place for scientific exploration. Look at the science we’ve done in Antarctica. We live and survive down there. There are different problems on the Moon, but those are ones we can handle. We can build the confidence and the science that will eventually take us to Mars, which will happen sooner or later.”

Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise shared Duke’s sentiment about funding being the key issue to ensure that American boots return to the Moon. “If the proper funds are not there to support a proper plan you’re not going to go anywhere,” he told Fox News. “That’s what’s key, is how well it’s supported beyond the mandates.”

NASA’s budget for fiscal year 2019 is $21.5 billion and the space agency, under Administrator Jim Bridenstine, is working with the Trump administration on a budget request that would make a return to the Moon possible, although no official figures have been publicly discussed. This comes as Bridenstine and NASA have been grilled by Congress to know why their plan to return to the Moon by 2024 is not ready yet.

William Gerstenmaier, the head of human spaceflight programs and a NASA mainstay since 1977, was recently replaced. Speaking with Fox News, Bridenstine tried to dissuade the notion that politics played a role in Gerstenmaier’s demotion.

“I don’t think there’s anything that he was not doing,” Bridenstine said. “I just think it’s time for new leadership.”

Then there are others, like Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who believe we should bypass the Moon and go straight to Mars.

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“The current plan has been well thought out, but I disagree with it, we should shoot directly for Mars,” he said in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. “Twenty-some years ago, I even wrote a book, a whole boring book, on a mission to Mars and I have always been a believer in Mars.”

“I doubt the Trump statement is possible. I’m not sure he’s considered going to the Moon or Mars in any great detail.”

— Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins

In a separate interview with Fox News earlier this month, the 88-year-old Collins said that the timeline for returning to the Moon by 2024 was not feasible.

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Michael Collins at Apollo 11 Command Module, practicing docking hatch removal from CM simulator at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, June 28, 1969. Image courtesy National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

“I doubt the Trump statement is possible,” Collins noted. “I’m not sure he’s considered going to the Moon or Mars in any great detail.”

Who gets to the Moon first?

There has been ample scrutiny placed upon the space agency, including an odd tweet by President Trump last month when he said NASA “should [not] be talking about going to the Moon,” but should focus on “much bigger things,” including Mars.

In May, Trump tweeted that under his administration NASA would return to the Moon and ultimately, Mars, in an effort to “return to space in a big way!”

Vice President Mike Pence warned that if NASA can’t put astronauts on the moon by 2024, “we need to change the organization, not the mission.” He cautioned that the space agency needed to transform into a more efficient organization, or else it would be replaced by private industry.

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Collins is hopeful the renewed interest in space is not like previous efforts, citing involvement from two of Silicon Valley’s biggest chieftains –  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla CEO Elon Musk – who are also at the helm of space exploration companies, Blue Origin and SpaceX, respectively.

Joking about how he would like a “big chunk of Musk and Bezos money,” Collins said he has been “impressed” by Bezos, having met the Amazon leader several times. While Collins has yet to meet Musk, he did note both are “a positive force on the national scene” and believes the two of them, along with the federal government, are a force for good for space exploration.

“I’ve changed my mind on what [Jeff] Bezos and [Elon] Musk are doing,” Duke, who was initially wary of the two billionaires, told Fox News. “Technically, they’re very good and they’ve demonstrated really amazing capabilities. They’re small enough to make quick decisions and they’re willing to take risk. More power to them.”

Whether it’s private industry, NASA or a combo of both, the interest in returning (and staying) to space is something that gives the Apollo-era astronauts a sense of joy.

“I say to those two billionaires: Jump in and the three of you [including the American taxpayer] can do great things together,” Collins said. “I think that’s wonderful.”

Fox News’ James Rogers and Kristin Fisher contributed to this story.

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Here’s what we’ve left behind on the Moon

More than 413,000 pounds: That’s the estimated total weight of all man-made items left on the moon since Apollo 11 astronauts became the first to land there in 1969. This “lunar litter,” as documentary filmmaker Arlen Parsa called it in his 2012 short film, is itemized in a 22-page document from NASA. Here, highlights of detritus discarded during five decades of visits:

Six flags

Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17, the manned missions that successfully landed on the moon between 1969 and 1972, all planted American flags in lunar soil. Five of them are still standing, according to Mark Robinson, a professor at Arizona State University and is the principal investigator for the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, which has monitored all the flags and captured photos. “[The] Apollo 11 flag fell over when the ascent stage blasted off,” Robinson says. As for the five star-spangled banners still upright, Robinson added, they’re almost certainly bleached by the atmosphere’s UV rays. “I can say that the flags have very likely suffered fading from ultraviolet light exposure,” he adds. “Since there is no record of the material the flags were made of one can only speculate as to the degree of fading and any other damage.”

Disc of goodwill messages

Apollo 11 carried a tiny cylindrical case made of silicon containing a scroll with greetings from the leaders of 73 countries (including two countries, Yugoslavia and the Republic of Dahomey, that don’t exist today). Given that the whole package was the size of a half-dollar, the text inside the disc was scanned and reduced 200x, so it could only be read with a magnifying glass. The disc, whose outside reads “From Planet Earth — July 1969,” still sits in the moon’s Sea of Tranquility after being tossed there by Buzz Aldrin.

Olive branch

Less than 6 inches long, the golden trinket was left by the Apollo 11 astronauts as “a wish for peace for all mankind,” according to NASA.

Golf balls

During his 1971 moonwalk, Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard withdrew a six-iron to drive two golf balls into the lunar landscape. Granted, he did it awkwardly, given the bulky, stiff spacesuit. Thanks to the low gravity, however, even his second rough shot went 200 yards. The cute stunt apparently took mission controllers in Houston by surprise; Shepard had smuggled the golf club in his suit. He brought the club back to Earth; it’s in the United States Golf Association Museum.

Astronaut badge

When Alan Bean walked on the moon during Apollo 12’s visit in 1969, he removed his silver lapel pin, which depicted a shooting star with an orbit around its tail, and tossed it into the unknown. “I can still remember how it flashed in the bright sunlight then disappeared in the distance. It was the only star I ever saw up in the black sky, the sunlight was just too bright on the Moon’s surface to see any of the others,” the late Bean described about a work of art he painted of the scene. “I often think of my silver pin resting in the dust of Surveyor Crater, just as bright and shiny as it ever was. It’ll be there for millions and millions of years or until some tourist finds it and brings it back to Earth.”

A bible

The commander of 1971’s Apollo 15, David Scott, put a paper copy of the holy book with a red cover on the dashboard of an abandoned lunar roving vehicle.

Fallen astronaut sculpture

Scott also left a 3.3-inch silver statuette by Belgian artist Paul Van Hoeydonck next to a plaque with the names of the 14 space explorers from the US and the Soviet who had died up until that point.

Astronaut excrement

The 22-page NASA document lists “defecation collection devices” (five) and “urine collection assemblies” (seven) and “urine receptacle systems” (three). Our heroic lunar explorers were indeed still humans who excreted bodily waste on the flights up that required disposal before any return trips.

Five retroreflectors

In order to calculate the distance between the Earth and the moon with great precision, observatories from California to France to Tokyo aim laser beams at mirrored surfaces placed on the lunar surface — first by Apollo 11 (1969), and later by Apollo 14 and 15 (1971) and the Soviet Union’s Luna 17 (1970) and 21 (1973). Researchers can deduce the distance at any point in the orbit — which can range from about 225,000 to 252,000 miles between the Earth and its satellite — by measuring the time it takes for the laser beams to reach the moon and then return to Earth.

Crafts, crashes and rovers

In addition to tools used for various equipment — video footage from 1972’s Apollo 17 shows Jack Schmitt imploring Houston, “Let me throw the hammer. Let me throw the hammer!” — there are more than 80 different partial or whole spacecrafts, rockets, surveyors, orbiters and vehicles. They arrived on the moon from the US and the Soviet Union, yes, but also India, China, Israel, Japan and Europe. Much of this machinery crashed on the lunar service and are not operational. But two crafts have landed on the moon in 2019, and one of those, the Chang’e 4 lander from China, is still working.

This story originally appeared in the New York Post. 

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