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Astronauts to Commemorate Moon Training in Iceland

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Astronauts to Commemorate Moon Training in Iceland

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The astronauts trained in the area around Askja volcano, among other locations. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Five astronauts and Neil Armstrong’s descendants will visit Iceland at the invitation of the Exploration Museum in Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, next summer to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the training for the moon landing in the Icelandic highlands in 1965 and 1967.

“Those who have confirmed include Harrison Schmitt, who was on Apollo 17 and the last person to set foot on the moon. He will be joined by Rusty Schweickart from Apollo 9 and Walter Cunningham from Apollo 7. Bill Anders from Apollo 8 visited us two years ago and will possibly return next summer. Our only Icelandic astronaut, Bjarni Tryggvason, will be with us too,” the museum’s director Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson told RÚV.

The astronauts and the descendants of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, will be taken on an excursion of the country, Örlygur said.

He added that it’s very important to promote Iceland’s connection with space travel. “To land on the moon is one of the biggest achievements of the human race. And that Iceland has this connection is fabulous, I think, and we should uphold it.”

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