Roger Launius, a senior curator in the National Air and Space Museum’s Space History Division, recently gave a talk near the Museum’s newly restored Lunar Module called “Apollo and the So-Called Moon Landing Hoax” (allow pause for an eye-roll). He drew quite a crowd, including many museum employees...
July 03, 2009 | By Pat Trenner
Space historian Matthew Hersch writes in:
It is difficult to imagine it now, but in 1967, Americans and Soviets were literally dying to get to the moon. That year, three American astronauts lost their lives in the Apollo 1 launch pad fire, and a Soviet cosmonaut, Vladimir Komarov, died when the ree...
July 02, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
You want to rediscover the vibe of 1969? Then rediscover the 1970 film Moonwalk One. With shots of camping, idling, beer-drinking middle America on hand in Florida to witness the launch of Apollo 11, interspersed with images of VIPs like Johnny Carson at the Kennedy Space Center, a box-jawed Wernhe...
July 01, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
We’re about to get a peek at the solar system’s
July 2009 | By Guy Gugliotta
It took 400,000 people, working under extreme pressure, to reach the moon in 1969. Like any army, they suffered casualties.
June 18, 2009 | By The Editors
Three distinct personalities, one goal: reach the moon.
May 21, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
What it was like, in the astronauts’ own words. Excerpts from a new book by Andrew Chaikin.
May 20, 2009 | By Andrew Chaikin with Victoria Kohl
NASA tests the seaworthiness of its new moonship.
April 27, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
In 1959, a group of military pilots became Astronaut Heroes overnight, and created an American icon that survives to this day.
April 07, 2009 | By Matthew Hersch
A spacecraft bites the lunar dust.
March 2009 | By Mohi Kumar
February 2009 | By Michael Klesius
How the Ranger probes’ moon crashes helped pave the way for Apollo.
January 21, 2009 | By Paul Hoversten
Sending Apollo 8 to the moon was a risky mix of cold war politics, bravery, and the faith of one man, George Low, in his engineers.
December 19, 2008 | By Michael Klesius
50 indelible images from the first 50 years of spaceflight
November 2008 | By The Space History Division, National Air and Space Museum
A small malfunction lands three astronauts on Russia’s version of the Red Planet.
November 2008 | By Don Pettit
November 2008 | By GEORGE C. LARSON, MEMBER, NAA
The next lunar explorers will soon report to Houston. Are some already there?
November 2008 | By Michael Cassutt
A veteran space scientist discusses the challenges of the 21st Century.
November 2008 | By Elizabeth Howell
At the start of a new partnership, U.S. and Russian space travelers learn that every long journey begins with a single step.
October 2008 | By Tom Harpole
A small band of rogue rocketeers takes on the NASA establishment.
September 29, 2008 | By Michael Klesius