Technology has come a long way since the 1969 moon landing, providing us with longer space missions and more advanced systems. While the Apollo 11 mission only lasted a total of eight days, now we have expeditions to the International Space Station lasting as long as seven months, and a planned 2 1/2 year expedition to Mars. One of the most exciting advancements, however, is the ability for us Earth-bound folks to communicate with astronauts and see the gorgeous sights of outer space.”