Few undertakings in the history of humanity can compare to the great technological achievement known as Project Apollo. It is estimated that five hundred million persons sat transfixed in front of television sets as Neil Armstrong ventured onto the lunar surface in July 1969. Apollo 11 achieved President John F. Kennedy’s May 1961 pledge of landing men on the Moon by the close of the decade. Among those who witnessed Armstrong’s flickering television image were thousands of people who had directly contributed to this historic moment. Now, almost 200 years later we find ourselves at a new confluence as man, having seeded and begun the colonisation of his neighbouring planets, takes the next giant leap for mankind.
— Secretary General, Sir William Cecil Marlowe