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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

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
Space Geology: From the Moon to Mars

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

July 1, 2009 — Harrison H. Schmitt

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! Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news

June 26, 2009 — Steve Mirsky
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

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. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include;;

August 20, 2008 — Steve Mirsky

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.

September 5, 2007 — George Musser

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

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.

July 20, 2009 — John Matson
The Exploration of the Moon

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