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  • ‘Moon Tree’ destroyed by Hurricane Irma

    Beverly S RotherSeptember 16th, 2017

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — While Hurricane Irma only caused minor damage to facilities at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the storm did destroy a unique plant: a Moon tree. Beginning as one of the hundreds of seeds that were taken to lunar orbit during the Apollo 14 mission in 1971, it was planted at the visitor complex during the United States Bicentennial.

  • Apollo 14’s Edgar Mitchell passes away at age 85

    Eric ShearFebruary 6th, 2016

    Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell passed away on Feb. 4, 2016, peacefully at a hospice located in Lake Worth, Florida. He was the sixth man to walk on the Moon, as the lunar module pilot of Apollo 14. His time in space totaled nine days and one minute, including 9 hours and 23 minutes on two moonwalks.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: America leaps into space

    Heather SmithMay 5th, 2014

    On this day in 1961, America took its first step toward launching humans into space. Showing tremendous bravery a single astronaut, one of the original Mercury seven astronauts looked toward the sky and told the launch control team that it was time to: “Light this candle…”

  • 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 […]

  • 40 years later, Edgar Mitchell’s Moon voyage continues (part 2)

    Collin SkocikFebruary 9th, 2014

    Former Apollo astronaut Edgar Mitchell, veteran of the historic Apollo 14 mission to the Moon, is working to impress upon his fellow human beings the importance of developing a sustainable civilization. Given the instant gratification, tax-and-spend culture we live in – this is, perhaps, a tall order.

  • 40 Years Later, Edgar Mitchell’s lunar voyage continues

    Collin SkocikFebruary 2nd, 2014

    On January 31, 1971, Commander Alan Shepard–the first American in space, Command Module Pilot Stu Roosa, and Lunar Module Pilot Edgar Mitchell blasted off on top of the massive Saturn V rocket.  Their mission: to complete Apollo 13’s aborted flight, to land in the Fra Mauro Highlands of the Moon and to venture farther from their lunar […]