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When the world celebrated America's Moon mission

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

After they landed, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were paraded before millions around the world, giving humanity a share in the mission. As a result, these countries honored Apollo’s accomplishment with some seriously awesome art.

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Meet the Mercury 13: Women who fought for flight

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
The Mercury 13 aced the same tests as male astronauts, but decades would pass before "manned" spaceflight would become human spaceflight.
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Apollo spacesuits: How ILC built a one-man spaceship

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
The Personal Life Support System had to keep astronauts safe through the extreme hazards of outer space – all without stopping them from doing their jobs.
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Lunar Module: How do you land on the Moon?

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
North American's Moon lander was ugly and "buglike," but Neil Armstrong and five additional missions used it to safely touch down on the surface.
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Apollo computers: When IBM engineers gave rockets a brain

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
From networking computers to processing unprecedented amounts of data, NASA and IBM were the first to face challenges now common in our modern world.
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Apollo boosted the economy, just not the way you think

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Half a century later, economists and historians are still arguing about Apollo's impact on the economy and society.
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Nova: The Apollo rocket that never was

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Before Saturn V, the most massive rocket ever built, NASA dreamed of another launch vehicle with nearly twice the power.
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Exploring Luna: A primer on what you should know about our Moon

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
From our Moon's origins to its appearance in Earth's skies and the 60 year legacy of exploration.
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The legacy of lunar data: How Apollo revealed our Moon

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

The mission data gathered by Apollo remains the most valuable information we have about the history of the Moon — and the solar system.

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Naming Apollo: Why NASA chooses Greek gods as names

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
From Mercury to Apollo to Artemis, retracing the origins of NASA's most iconic names.
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For Neil, Apollo was the first step in humanity's cosmic migration

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

James R. Hansen, author of First Man, says that Neil Armstrong saw himself as an engineer first. But the astronaut also knew he was part of a long chain of human migration.

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Giant Impact Hypothesis: An evolving legacy of Apollo

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Early in solar system history, a protoplanet named Theia smashed into Earth and created the Moon.
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Command Module: Making a Moon ship

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

The Apollo Command Service Module served as a home away from home en route to the Moon and safely returned every last astronaut back to Earth.

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Framing History: The Apollo Program through an astronaut's lens

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00

Apollo's astronauts captured images that remain icons of the Space Age.

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The Sky This Week from May 31 to June 9

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
As spring transitions into summer, we get the best of both seasons: The Big Dipper and Beehive star cluster appear prominent in early evening, while the Summer Triangle takes center stage later on.
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Apollo 9: Travel with the crew as they launch to space

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Just months before Apollo 11, astronauts carried out a battery of tests on the lunar module that Neil and Buzz would use to land on the Moon.
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One small step: A 3D look at how Apollo 11 made history

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Astronomy Editor David J. Eicher and astrophysicist and Queen guitarist Brian May recount the flight of Apollo 11 alongside stereo images capturing the mission in 3D.
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NASA announces three private companies to land science experiments on the Moon

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
These partners will carry both NASA and commercial payloads to the lunar surface over the next two years, paving the way for the space agency’s eventual crewed return.
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Chandra spots binary stars ejected from their galaxies

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
A study of X-ray data found some binary stars can be kicked out of their homes.
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Apollo 11: The first Moon landing's most iconic pictures

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 04:00
Half a century later, these classic images captured by the Apollo 11 crew still ignite the imagination.
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