December marks the 40th anniversary of humankind's last departure from the moon
Golden Spike, helmed by former NASA officials, wants to return human explorers to the lunar surface--for a price
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
For Neil Armstrong, the First Moon Walker, It Was All about Landing the Eagle
Boulders, a crater, moon dust and an overworked computer all stood in the way of humankind's first lunar touchdown
As We Say Goodbye to Neil Armstrong, Should We Also Let Go of Our Space Fantasies?
The death of astronaut Neil Armstrong arouses memories and mixed emotions.In the summer of 1969, my family and I spent a month on Nantucket Island, off the coast of Massachusetts.
Apollo 8: When Mankind First Shook Earth's Kindly Bounds
Soaring faster and farther than humans had ever gone before, Borman, Lovell and Anders cut a trail to the moon for Neil Armstrong's "giant leap" seven months later
The Forgotten JFK Proposal: A Joint U.S.-Soviet Moon Landing [Video]
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...
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
Entrepreneurs Race to Get a Rover on the Moon and Win $30 Million
The next rover to roam the moon's surface may come not from NASA and its rocket scientists but from college students and private companies working on a shoestring
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
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
Neil Armstrong s Death a Medical Perspective
Astronaut Neil Armstrong died August 25 th , following complications from a cardiovascular procedure on August 7 th , according to a statement from his family.
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...
To the Moon and Beyond
Humans are returning to the moon. This time the plan is to stay a while
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?...
Amazon s Jeff Bezos Says He Has Located Apollo 11 Rocket Engines Lost at Sea
Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com CEO and one of the richest people in the world, has an abiding interest in the future of space exploration. His start-up Blue Origin is building suborbital launch vehicles and has received millions in NASA funding to develop next-generation spaceflight technologies...
Apollo 1: The Fire That Shocked NASA
NASA’s Apollo program began with one of the worst disasters the organization has ever faced. A routine prelaunch test turned fatal when a fire ripped through the spacecraft’s crew cabin killing all three astronauts...
Moon Lust: Will International Competition or Cooperation Return Humans to the Moon?
The U.S. has been there, but now that many countries have joined the club of space-faring nations, which will be the first to return?
This Way to Mars: How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space
By adapting ideas from robotic planetary exploration, the human space program could get astronauts to asteroids and Mars cheaply and quickly
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...
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