In this July 20, 1969 file photo provided by NASA shows Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface.

The U.S. space industry faces challenges and opportunities as “awe-inspiring” as those that beset the nation’s space program in the 1960s, the CEO of aerospace giant Northrop Grumman said Tuesday in Colorado Springs.

“I am confident that our nation and allies will do what is required to continue to lead in space,” CEO Kathy Warden said during the second day of the Space Symposium at The Broadmoor. “I have no doubt that the industry can help overcome threats in space.”

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