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News Archive / Tagged: Apollo 11

  • Apollo’s Haise and Cunningham: We got the glory, but the workers got us to the Moon

    Jason RhianApril 15th, 2015

    TITUSVILLE, Fla — It is not every day that one gets to sit down with someone who has made history, let alone the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13 and Apollo 7 – and at the same time. SpaceFlight Insider was given just such an opportunity during the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar […]

  • OPINION: Fund NASA or shut it down

    Collin SkocikJuly 27th, 2014

    A recently-issued audit by the Government Accountability Office or “GAO” detailed how NASA lacks the funding to fly the Space Launch System (SLS ) by its scheduled launch date in December of 2017. This is only the latest delay for the successor to the space shuttle, originally ordered by President George W. Bush to fly no later than […]

  • Bruce McCandless, Capcom for Apollo 11, visits Kennedy Space Center, discusses historic mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 21st, 2014

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Bruce McCandless II was on site at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex for the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this week. McCandless served as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) for the first lunar spacewalk.

  • Apollo 11: Fact and Fiction

    Collin SkocikJuly 20th, 2014

    Forty-five years ago today, the tiny lunar module “Eagle” set down gently—too gently, actually—on the surface of the Moon, and mankind has never been the same since. We now live in a world in which man has walked on another world. After four decades, we have yet to come to terms with the magnitude of […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The first steps of Apollo 11

    Heather SmithJuly 20th, 2014

    July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to ever walk on the moon, cementing America’s lead in the 1960s space race. The purpose of the Apollo 11 mission was to perform a manned lunar landing, fulfilling President John F. Kennedy’s goal of: “We shall go to the moon in […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: The Journey Begins

    Heather SmithJuly 16th, 2014

    Forty-five years ago today, on July 16, 1969, three astronauts were launched aboard a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch of Apollo 11 was the start of NASA’s first attempt to land men on the Moon. It would mark the beginning of a brief period in time, when humanity walked on […]

  • Book Review: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight

    Scott JohnsonJuly 5th, 2014

    Longtime NBC News Space Correspondent, Jay Barbree, has written a new book, entitled: Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight (Macmillan Publishers / St. Martins’s Press / Thomas Dunne Books), which is scheduled for release next week – on July 8. Barbree has authored several prior books (on spaceflight and other topics) and is the only […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: An Early Bird rises

    Jason RhianApril 6th, 2014

    On this day in 1965, the Intelsat 1, or Early Bird satellite was launched. In so doing it became the world’s first commercial communications satellite. This flight helped create the phrase: “live via satellite.” Its nickname originates from the proverb, “The early bird gets the worm.” It launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Space Station’s Launch […]

  • NASA Dryden Center renaming ceremony set for May 13

    Jason RhianApril 2nd, 2014

    In a little over a month, a turning point will occur at one of NASA’s most iconic facilities. On Tuesday May 13, 2014 a special ceremony will be held to change the name of Dryden Flight Research Center – to Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in honor of Neil Alden Armstrong, the first man to […]

  • Review: Marketing the Moon

    Jason RhianMarch 29th, 2014

    Details of man’s first foray to another world have been told repeatedly, to the point where they have become repetitive. It is therefore a welcome change of pace that a new offering helps to detail a little-known aspect of what it took to land 12 astronauts on the surface of another world. At that time, […]

  • Cosmonauts join the video game industry to create “Space Pioneer”

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 16th, 2014

    Space Pioneer is an exciting new video game being created by real world astronauts, cosmonauts, scientists and architects. The design team includes a trio of cosmonauts; Sergei Krikalev, Aleksandr Lazutkin, and Sergei Avdeyev. Together, the three have spent a total of 1735 days in space, with Krikalev holding the current record of 803 days, 9 hours, […]