Apollo 11

Apollo 11: the fight for the first footprint on the moon

The decision to let Neil Armstrong take the first steps on the moon was controversial – especially with his colleague Buzz AldrinIt was 1969. The last year for President Kennedy’s pledge to land a man on the moon and return him safely “before this decade is out”. Nasa was not sure it could be done in time. There were, perhaps, going to be only three opportunities before the deadline expired.On 6 January the head of the astronaut office at Nasa, Deke Slayton, called the crew of Apollo 11 – Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins – into his office in Houston, Texas, and told them that their mission, set for July, might involve a lunar landing. A few weeks earlier, Apollo 8 had taken the first crewed voyage around the moon, and the tasks of the forthcoming Apollos 9 and 10 were set. Apollo 9 was to test the lunar landing spacecraft in Earth orbit and Apollo 10 was a full rehearsal at the moon – everything except the landing itself. Continue reading...

50 years after Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong's sons describe the day their dad walked on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong’s sons Mark and Rick were at the family home in Houston watching on TV as their father stepped off the Eagle lunar module and into the pages of history.

Apollo 11 artifacts, memorabilia auctioned off in Massachusetts

firefoxA Massachusetts auction house sold a variety of items from the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on Thursday, ahead of its 50th anniversary.

Lego is releasing an Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set for its 50th anniversary

firefoxThe 50th anniversary of the human race's first trip to the moon is fast approaching, and Lego is marking the milestone with a NASA Apollo 11 lunar lander set. It'll be available June 1st for $100.

Apollo 11 Turns 50: How Did NASA Put Men on the Moon?

To put astronauts on the surface of the moon and bring them home safely, NASA had to do many things right, in succession, with margins of error ranging from small to nonexistent.

JFK Library launches app to celebrate Apollo 11 mission

BOSTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a new app that helps users relive the 1969 launch of the Apollo 11 mission. The free app available now uses videos, images, and audio recordings from the mission that on July 20, […] The post JFK Library launches app to celebrate Apollo 11 mission appeared first on LEX18.com.

You can own a flag from the Apollo 11 mission, if your pockets are deep enough

We're now just one month away from the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, and owners of some seriously sought-after space relics are putting their memorabilia on the auction block in the hopes of capitalizing on the hype. RR Auction is hosting the bidding for a number of rare artifacts that traveled to the Moon decades ago and as you might expect, prices are out of this world. Among the items being offered is a roll of 70 mm film that was taken to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, as well as an American Flag that traveled around the Moon during the Apollo 15 campaign. The flag, which measures just under six inches on its longest side, was carried to the South Pole in January of 1970 and then made the trip to space in the Command Module Endeavor on the Apollo 15 mission. It's also signed by Dave Scott, commander of the mission, and comes with a letter of certification, also signed by Scott. As interesting as that story is, the roll of 70 mm film from the Apollo 11 mission might have it beat: Extremely rare second-generation 70-mm positive film roll from Magazine S of the Apollo 11 Hasselblad camera, containing 126 of the most iconic images from the first lunar-landing mission. The roll features photographs taken by Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin during their historic two-and-a-half-hour lunar EVA at Tranquility Base on July 20, 1969, with color images including: moments from inside the Lunar Module Eagle immediately prior to Armstrong leaving the spacecraft. The relics are up for sale right now and are already fetching some impressive cash, but have not yet reached their pre-auction estimates. The flag, for example, is currently priced at around $1,500 but is expected to eventually net as much as $10,000. The film roll, on the other hand, has already reached over $7,000 of an estimated $8,000 final price and could go much higher.

Apollo 11 flag, flight plan page, roll of film used on the Moon up for auction

An American flag that was flown into orbit during Apollo 11 is among a host of artifacts from the historic mission up for auction this week.

Eat like an Apollo 11 astronaut at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, a special menu will be served at two restaurants at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Oreos celebrate Apollo 11 anniversary with moon-themed cookies

firefoxOreo has debuted a new variety to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing -- and no, the sandwich cookies aren't filled with green cheese.