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40 Years after the Apollo Moon Missions

In December 1972, astronauts left the lunar surface for the last time

  • December 6, 2012

The Forgotten JFK Proposal: A Joint U.S.-Soviet Moon Landing [Video]

JFK at Rice University, 1962. Source: NASA We all learned that President John F. Kennedy launched the U.S. effort to land the first men on the moon. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard,” he famously stated in his Rice University speech in 1962.But in a span of a year, Kennedy came to have second thoughts on the Apollo program as costs rose, budgets exploded and the scientific value of a moon mission came under question.

October 5, 2012 — Philip Yam

Aldrin Dusts Off Moon Memories

Buzz Aldrin recalls the simple strangeness of being on another world, such as how the dust rose and fell differently on the moon with each footfall. Steve Mirsky reports

July 20, 2009

Stop Building Bombs and Start Building Starships

In 1969, a great shadow was cast over the United States. That shadow, however, was not one of gloom. Instead of evoking the absence of light, this shadow caused us to look up in wonder at the brightness that created it.

October 8, 2012 — Steven Ross Pomeroy
To the Moon and Beyond

To the Moon and Beyond

Humans are returning to the moon. This time the plan is to stay a while

October 1, 2007 — Charles Dingell, William A. Johns and Julie Kramer White

The Exploration of the Moon

The successful mission of Apollo 11 opens an epoch of planned lunar exploration. What questions should this exploration seek to answer, and what areas of the moon should be visited to best confront them?

July 16, 2009 — Wilmot Hess, Robert Kovach, Paul W. Gast and Gene Simmons

Apollo 1: The Fire That Shocked NASA

The Apollo 1 Command Module after the fire that claimed the lives of Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee. Credit: NASA. NASA’s Apollo program began with one of the worst disasters the organization has ever faced.

January 27, 2012 — Amy Shira Teitel

The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 8's Journey to the Moon

It was a first not only for NASA, but for humanity. As the world bore witness, a redesigned Apollo spacecraft, tested in space with a crew only once before, carried three astronauts to orbit the moon

December 22, 2008

The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Four decades after mankind's giant leap, a look at the harrowing first lunar landing, the Apollo missions that never flew, and how the historic event looked from the Soviet Union

July 17, 2009

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