A look into the future with NASA at EAA AirVenture

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) -- Astronauts from the Apollo program are being recognized at EAA AirVenture this year as its 50th anniversary is being celebrated.

NASA at EAA AirVenture

NASA is no longer traveling to the moon, but instead has its sights set on Mars.

A number of items from moon boots, astronaut suits, and even moon rocks are part of the celebration honoring the astronauts from the Apollo Program inside the EAA museum.

In the NASA tent, everyone is looking to the future and the immediate future is the excitement of next month's solar eclipse.

"They say it's primal. It's primal. When it goes dark in the middle of the day, the birds stop chirping, the insects stop doing their thing, nature it's night," said Kristen Erickson of NASA.

With NASA focused on the sky, additional space travel is also on the horizon.

"We have right now, in development or operation in NASA science alone, over 100 missions at any one time," said Erickson.

Not only is NASA planning for more unmanned exploration to Mars, but the SLS rocket is a replica of what NASA is building to send astronauts to Mars and beyond in the 2030s.

Its exploration that was a long time coming and gives people an opportunity to dream.

"Can you imagine the trip to Mars? Do you dedicate yourself maybe to a one way trip? Or are you going to make it back? I can't imagine being isolated for almost a year but that could be interesting," said Mark George from Iowa.

With all of these advances on the horizon it makes you wonder if someday AirVenture will offer its visitors a trip to space.