Boulders, a crater, moon dust and an overworked computer all stood in the way of humankind's first lunar touchdown
As the U.S.'s lunar landing program wound down, plans for its last three Apollo missions were canceled, leaving unused hardware and questions of what might have been
The Moon Landing through Soviet Eyes: A Q&A with Sergei Khrushchev, son of former premier Nikita Khrushchev
A son of the Cold War tells what it was like from the losing side of the Space Race--and how the U.S.S.R.'s space program fizzled after Sputnik and Gagarin
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
Apollo and the Moon: The Astronauts' View [Slide Show]
On the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, NASA produces a book of photographs curated by Apollo veterans
Space Geology: From the Moon to Mars
The only scientist and field geologist ever to visit the moon offers some pointers to those who will one day visit Mars
Auction Offers the Moon--Or at Least NASA Gear That's Been There [Slide Show]
Stargazers will have the opportunity to get their hands on photos, charts, models and other space race relics from NASA missions thanks to an auction to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon mission...
Can space-faring companies be entrusted with the Apollo program's history?
As private enterprises set their sights on space, once the sole domain of the superpowers, questions are arising about who will protect historical sites and artifacts on the moon.
Hello Moon, Good-Bye Rennie
We look at the contents of the July issue of Scientific American magazine, the last under outgoing Editor in Chief John Rennie, including an article by moon explorer Harrison Schmitt, a piece on the fight against superbugs, a report on the potential of biofuels such as grassoline, and a recollection of the pernicious effects of chess!...
To the Moon and Beyond
Humans are returning to the moon. This time the plan is to stay a while
What's the Buzz: A Conversation with Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, talks about solar energy, buses between the planets, the Constellation program, his time on the moon and his new animated movie, Fly Me to the Moon ...
Emotions recalled in the Sea of Tranquility
Last night I saw a preview of the In the Shadow of the Moon , the new feature-length documentary about the Apollo moon landings. I admit it: I'm a space buff.
Tiny dust grains, empowered by the sun, pose big problems on the moon
Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt called it the biggest environmental problem on the moon. His crewmate Eugene Cernan said it was "probably one of our greatest inhibitors" to lunar operations...
The Latest Buzz: Aldrin Flies to the Moon Again
As a new film on the Apollo 11 mission is released, the second man on the moon tells ScientificAmerican.com what he thinks of NASA's current direction
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...
Apollo 11: How to follow along, 40 years later
In a little more than an hour, the Eagle will have landed. And at 10:56 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Time), Neil Armstrong will set foot on the moon. Both of these events took place 40 years ago, of course, but they will unfold again across the Web today, to the delight of those nostalgic for the first manned moon landing in 1969 and those too young to remember...
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?...
What Will NASA's Next Spacesuit Look Like?
40 years after the first moon walk, designers and engineers discuss the continuing evolution of astronaut apparel