Plants in Space: CRS-18

Plants in Space: CRS-18

At 11 pm on Friday (BST, 18:01 EDT), SpaceX launched an uncrewed Dragon cargo spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station (ISS). This Dragon capsule has been to the ISS twice before, making it the first to fly in space for a third time. This is the 18th...
Apollo 50: Moon microbes

Apollo 50: Moon microbes

On 24th July 1969, at 16:50 UTC, Apollo 11 splashed down in the north Pacific, about 900 miles south west of Hawaii. Worried about bringing back potentially harmful pathogens from the Moon, NASA had made arrangements for the astronauts to spend 21 days in quarantine....
Apollo 50: International Cooperation in space

Apollo 50: International Cooperation in space

When it landed on the Moon, the Eagle lunar lander bore a plaque inscribed with the message “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon, July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.” But Armstrong and Aldrin planted an American flag on...
Apollo 50: Tranquility Base

Apollo 50: Tranquility Base

After safely landing on the Sea of Tranquility on the evening of 20th July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had bacon for breakfast before heading out onto the Moon in the early hours of 21st July. (Note that, unlike the Command Module, the Lunar Module (Eagle)...
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....

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