Apollo 50: The Eagle has landed

Apollo 50: The Eagle has landed

On 20th July 1969, Armstrong and Aldrin had to attempt something no one had done before – landing on the lunar surface. They were in orbit some 50,000 feet above the Moon, traveling at several thousand miles per hour, and had to pilot the lunar module Eagle down...
Apollo 50: Communist tortoises

Apollo 50: Communist tortoises

Hurrah! Fifty years ago today, the Apollo 11 mission arrived in orbit around the Moon. It wasn’t the first NASA mission to reach the Moon. The first crewed lunar orbits were completed by Frank Borman, William Anders and James Lovell Jr. in December 1968, in Apollo 8....
Apollo 50: Space food

Apollo 50: Space food

I imagine the Apollo 11 astronauts had plenty to do while they were hurtling towards the Moon, but from a bystander’s perspective it was probably pretty dull stuff. Still, it’s Day 3 of the mission, so let’s have a look at what they’ve got stashed away in their...
Apollo 50: Diversity in space

Apollo 50: Diversity in space

Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 was hurtling along on its mission to deposit two white guys on the Moon. By the time the Apollo program was wound down, 12 people had walked on the Moon, and 24 had been in orbit around the Moon. (Only 6 got to drive a lunar rover.) They...
Apollo 50: Earthrise

Apollo 50: Earthrise

Fifty years ago today, at 13:32 UTC, Apollo 11 launched on its mission to drop off the first humans to set foot on the Moon. It’s something that hasn’t been achieved again since the Apollo program ended, although interest in going back to the Moon has been rekindled...