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  • Apollo 12 astronaut Richard ‘Dick’ Gordon passes away at 88

    Derek RichardsonNovember 7th, 2017

    Former astronaut Richard Francis "Dick" Gordon, one of 24 people to fly to the Moon, died on Nov. 6, 2017, in his home in California, according to a statement by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. He was 88.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Pete’s ‘big step’

    Jason RhianNovember 19th, 2015

    When it comes to space exploration, one tends to focus on the "firsts". Sometimes, the fact that there were six landings on the surface of the Moon is often forgotten. The differences between each mission were profound. In terms of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12, some of the perceived stiffness between the crew members was obviously not present. In many ways, the most publicly "fun" landing took place on Nov. 19, 1969.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The shocking launch of Apollo 12

    Collin SkocikNovember 14th, 2015

    On Nov. 14, 1969, at 11:22 a.m. EST (15:22 GMT), at Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the second manned Moon landing mission launched. The gigantic, 363-foot-tall Saturn V rocket boosted a tiny, three-man capsule carrying Commander Pete Conrad, Command Module Pilot Dick Gordon, and Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean to the Moon.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: Apollo 12 – Sailing The Ocean of Storms

    Jason RhianNovember 19th, 2014

    Forty-five years ago today, Nov. 19, 1969, Apollo 12’s Commander Pete Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Alan Bean set their Lunar Module, Intrepid down on the Moon’s Ocean of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum ). The mission was the culmination of the sixth crewed flight under Apollo overall and it served as confirmation that not only could […]

  • Apollo Moon rocks reveal new secrets

    Collin SkocikJune 8th, 2014

    Forty-five years after the historic Apollo 11 landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the Moon, the priceless Moon rocks brought back by that legendary expedition are back in the news, revealing new evidence confirming the theory that the Moon was formed by a Mars-sized planetesimal slamming into the young molten […]

  • Stars of Apollo shine at Spacefest VI

    Mark UsciakMay 12th, 2014

    PASADENA, Calif — During the four days during which Spacefest VI was held this year, a wide array of special guests were in attendance – a few however stood out from the rest. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center from May 8-11, a large number of Apollo astronauts including some of those who walked on […]

  • Opinion: Forty-five years later – what does “One Giant Leap” mean?

    Collin SkocikApril 13th, 2014

    On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder of a stubby, ungainly and fragile little spacecraft and became the first human being to set foot on another world. As he stepped cautiously into the lunar dust, he spoke the immortal words, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Forty-five […]