Apollo 11 at 50
Half a century after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first “small steps,” we’re going back with all the wonders of 21st century technology, but this time, things will be different.
As part of our monthlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, SpaceNews is proud to present this special digital edition.
The engineers who developed the computers that enabled the Apollo 11 lunar landing had little doubt the mission could be a success, and half a century later have advice for how NASA should return to the moon.
While the United States has the advanced technology and capable workforce it would need for further space exploration, it lacks the focus and prioritization that assured the success of the Apollo program, Apollo flight director Gene Kranz told Senators July 9.
Two commemorative coins from the United States Mint were flown on board the International Space Station for 28 days. The domed, half dollar coins traveled to orbit and back on a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft.
With a successful test of the spacecraft’s abort system now complete, the manager of NASA’s Orion program is optimistic the spacecraft will be ready to send humans to the moon in 2024 even as development schedules continue to slip.
The 50th anniversary of the first moonshot journey is weeks away, and during this June 14 interview, Brinkley offered both a historian's perspective as well as a few personal anecdotes about being a boy and staying up late to watch the mission unfold on his television.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, SpaceNews will be publishing in July a definitive guide to 11 must-see movies for space professionals and hardcore enthusiasts alike. To prepare for liftoff, we're asking you to weigh in on your picks for must-see movies for anyone serious about space.
As NASA starts development of lunar landers for Artemis, it should carefully incorporate the lessons learned from the commercial crew program, a safety panel advised.
A day after President Trump appeared to cast doubt on NASA’s plans to send humans to the moon, a White House official said the moon remained a goal of the agency’s programs as a step towards Mars.
Hamilton led the team of programmers who ran the computers on both the command module and the landing module of the Apollo 11 mission. When she began her career, the field was so young that the term software engineering did not yet exist; Hamilton coined it herself.