NASA dedicates Ohio test facility for first moonwalker Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong did not want NASA's Plum Brook Station to be named after him. The first person to walk on the moon declined the honor when asked, but a group of NASA officials and members of Congress presided over a ceremony in Ohio to do just that.space.com
Remembering Skylab: How NASA’s Forgotten Orbiter Pioneered Space (Then Crashed And Burned)
That was why in 1973, NASA launched its first, and so far, only space station, Skylab. “Searching for Skylab” shows how much was learned about our planet, the sun, space, and the entire universe. “The comet’s got a spike and a tail,” astronaut Edward Gibson says, “the spike is very evident. Five years after the last Skylab mission, the space station’s orbit deteriorated earlier than expected because of unanticipated high sunspot activity. A “watch party” with a panel led by Skylab astronauts and an opportunity to speak with Edward Gibson, Jack Lousma, and Vance Brand is also planned for Aug. 28.thewestsidegazette.com
Two space fans get seats on billionaire's private flight
Isaacman also revealed some details about his Inspiration4 mission, as the four gathered Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Their SpaceX Dragon capsule — currently parked at the International Space Station for NASA — will launch no earlier than mid-September, aiming for an altitude of 335 miles (540 kilometers). That’s 75 miles (120 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station and on a level with the Hubble Space Telescope. AdThe capsule will be outfitted with a domed window in place of the usual space station docking mechanism for their trip. The St. Jude physician assistant was treated there as a child for bone cancer.
Part of Wright brothers' 1st airplane on NASA's Mars chopper
(NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A piece of the Wright brothers’ first airplane is on Mars. NASA’s experimental Martian helicopter holds a small swatch of fabric from the 1903 Wright Flyer, the space agency revealed Tuesday. The helicopter, named Ingenuity, hitched a ride to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, arriving last month. It will mark a "Wright brothers' moment," noted Bobby Braun, director for planetary science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The swatch made the 300 million-mile journey to Mars with the blessing of the Wright brothers' great-grandniece and great-grandnephew, said park curator Steve Lucht.
60 Minutes Rewind: Neil Armstrong on visiting the Moon
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon. 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley was there to listen while Armstrong recounted his thoughts and feelings from the day he launched into space. While taking in the view of the beach below, Bradley asked Armstrong if he had fears of becoming stranded on the moon. Nearly fifty years later, NASA is planning to launch a new moon program. Elon Musk's SpaceX and Boeing's Space Launch System are both on board for the ride and will be providing significant assistance to NASA.cbsnews.com
NASA rover attempting most difficult Martian touchdown yet
This illustration provided by NASA depicts the Mars 2020 spacecraft carrying the Perseverance rover as it approaches Mars. Perseverance's $3 billion mission is the first leg in a U.S.-European effort to bring Mars samples to Earth in the next decade. Almost 50 years after the first casualty at Mars, NASA is attempting its hardest Martian touchdown yet. The rover named Perseverance is headed Thursday for a compact 5-mile-by-4-mile (8-kilometer-by-6.4-kilometer) patch on the edge of an ancient river delta. AdROUND-TRIP TICKETScientists have wanted to get hold of Mars rocks ever since NASA’s Mariners provided the first close pictures a half-century ago.
NASA Plum Brook test facility renamed for astronaut Neil Armstrong
NASA’s moon-bound Artemis I Orion capsule is prepared for space environment testing at Glenn Research Center Plum Brook Station in December 2019. The site has been renamed by Congress as the Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility. NASA's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, which in March completed a three-month test campaign in support of the agency's Artemis I Orion crew capsule, has been redesignated the Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility . Plum Brook Station inherited its name from a World War II ordnance facility that was built near a stream called "Plum Brook." (Image credit: NASA)As directed by the newly-enacted legislation, the formal name of the Plum Brook Station will be the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at the Neil A. Armstrong Test Facility.space.com
Facts and Figures about the 72nd Emmy Awards nominations
Irons was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Colin Hutton/HBO via AP)LOS ANGELES Notable facts and figures from Tuesdays nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards:___WATCHMEN SOARS BUT ROOTS RUNS DEEPHBO's Watchmen led all shows with a whopping 26 nominations, but that doesn't come close to the record for a limited series. Another HBO limited series, 2008's John Adams, holds the record for limited series Emmy wins with 13, from 23 nominations. The work earned Aldrin and Collins 2020 Emmy nominations for best cinematography for a nonfiction program. The nominees for best supporting actress in a limited series also include 69-year-old Margo Martindale and 60-year-old Tracey Ullman for Mrs.
NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch
(SpaceX via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Its back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. aboard a retro-style Right Stuff capsule. SpaceXs Dragon crew capsule outshines NASAs old Apollo spacecraft in virtually every way. This fresh take on a vintage look will be on full display Wednesday when SpaceX plans to launch NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station a first for a private company. Russias workhorse Soyuz capsules, still in use after a half-century plus, have kept NASA astronauts flying to the space station. A test dummy soloed on last years Dragon crew capsule debut.
SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style
It will be the first astronaut launch from NASAs Kennedy Space Center since the last shuttle flight in 2011. They'll catch a ride to the launch pad in a Tesla Model X electric car. It will be the first astronaut launch from NASAs Kennedy Space Center since the last shuttle flight in 2011. The worm adorns the Astro-Tesla, Falcon and even the astronauts' suits, along with NASAs original blue meatball-shaped logo. The white-suited Hurley and Behnken will transfer from the white Tesla to the white Dragon atop the equally white Falcon 9.
NASA's Armstrong Center: Flying what others only imagine
Named after astronaut Neil Armstrong, NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) main facility sits under the clear skies of the Mojave Desert, at the edge of Rogers Dry Lake, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles. Its original name was the High Speed Flight Research Station, operated by NASAs predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). When NACA became NASA in 1958, the Center was known as the NASA Flight Research Center. Among the 10 NASA field centers, Armstrong is "the agency's lead center for atmospheric flight research, operations and testing," according to the center's website. When you fly on a plane today, you are benefiting from research performed at the Armstrong Flight Research Center.space.com
Take a selfie with (wax) Apollo 11 astronauts at DC's Madame Tussauds
The "Meet the Legends" exhibit at Madame Tussauds in D.C. features relaunched sculptures of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong as well as a lunar module where guests can pose to take photos with the astronauts. Now, the astronauts involved in the mission are getting a permanent photo-op thanks to Madame Tussauds newest additions to its attraction in the US capital. In conversation with Madame Tussauds' General Manager Therese Alvich, Stern explained just how significant the moon landing was for science and technology. "We are about to enter a new age of exploration with the Artemis Project, which will send astronauts to the moon in the 2020s. That will be in preparation for sending astronauts to the surface of Mars in the 2030s and beyond.
This Apollo 11 experiment is still happening on the moon
Later, the Apollo 14 and 15 missions would also add similar arrays to the surface. This allows researchers to determine the moon's orbit, rotation and its current orientation, which will be needed to land on the moon. Previously it was believed that the moon had a solid core, but data from the arrays has revealed that the core is fluid. Until 1964, there weren't any closeup or detailed photos of the lunar surface. In 1964, Ranger 7 successfully reached the moon and returned 4,316 images of the surface before it collided intentionally with the surface.
Apollo 11 astronauts receive buttery tribute at Ohio State Fair
Paul Brooke and a team of sculptors paid homage to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Part of a series of butter sculptures -- made out of more than 2,000 pounds of creamy goodness -- one work features the three Apollo 11 astronauts -- Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. The American Dairy Association Mideast collaborated with the fair to commemorate the role that Ohio played in the world-famous mission. But the Apollo 11 mission is not the only anniversary that the fair has recognized. The Ohio State Fair runs through August 4.
Chris Kraft, 1st flight director for NASA, dies at 95
Armstrong once called him "the man who was the 'Control' in Mission Control." Kraft became known as "the father of Mission Control" and in 2011 NASA returned the favor by naming the Houston building that houses the nerve center after Kraft. The average age of the flight control team was 26; Kraft was 38. "We didn't know a damn thing about putting a man into space," Kraft wrote in his autobiography. "Chris Kraft had pioneered Mission Control and fought the battles in Mercury and Gemini, serving as the role model of the flight director.chicagotribune.com
11 things to know about the historic Apollo 11 mission
To pull it off, the Apollo astronauts and the teams that supported them put in grueling hours of training. Cool'The Apollo 11 crew of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins traveled 240,000 miles in 76 hours to reach the moon. The Apollo 11 astronauts, meanwhile, had more than 70 food items to choose from. 400,000 people worked on the Apollo 11 missionThe full triumph of Apollo 11 doesn't just belong to the astronauts. Over the years, Apollo Mission Control and its surrounding rooms fell into disrepair.
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Billionaires join the space raceMillions of people watched in wonder as man first set foot upon the moon 50 years ago. But in the era of space travel now dawning, far more of us are destined to join them. Several self-made billionaires have launched space companies that are vying to take civilians to the moon and this new competitive market could change the way we look at the sky above. Mark Strassmann reports.cbsnews.com
A giant schlep for mankind: Hollywood honors 50th anniversary of solo rowers Atlantic crossing
NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin Jr., and Michael Collins sent a telegram to John Fairfax from the moon to congratulate him on being the first person to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo, completing the 180-day trip from the Canary Islands to Hollywood beach one day before the astronauts first landed on the moon. A copy of the telegram is on the back cover of John Fairfax's book. (Wayne K. Roustan / South Florida Sun Sentinel)sun-sentinel.com
'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind': US celebrates 50th anniversary of moon landing
Armstrong was the first one out, proclaiming for the ages: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." "Few moments in our American story spark more pride than the Apollo 11 mission," President Donald Trump said in a Space Exploration Day message. His statement reiterated the goal of sending astronauts back to the moon within five years and taking "the next giant leap sending Americans to Mars." The powdered orange drink Tang was back in vogue for the toasts, along with MoonPies, including a 55-pound (25-kilogram), 45,000-calorie MoonPie at Kennedy's One Giant Leap bash. Only one of the three cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov was alive at the time of Apollo 11.cnbc.com
Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11's 'giant leap' on moon
A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's "giant leap" by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday, toasting with Tang and gobbling MoonPies. At NASA 's Kennedy Space Center, Aldrin showed Vice President Mike Pence the launch pad where he flew to the moon in 1969. And where better to celebrate than Apollo, Pennsylvania located in Armstrong County not far from Moon Township and the town of Mars. "This is what we're here for, to share the American space experience," explained executive director Karan Conklin, who led the toast. The crew deliberately modeled its mission patch after Apollo 11's: no astronaut names included to show the universal nature of space flight.chicagotribune.com
Bryan Norcross recalls thrilling moments of 1969 moon landing
The moon landing was scheduled for late afternoon, but before that was possible, a precisely choreographed series of maneuvers had to come off perfectly or else. But we all knew that the moon landing was going to require a machine that had not been thoroughly tested to work perfectly the first time. But there was also the possibility they would jam communications or otherwise foul up the delicate maneuvering required for a moon landing. Apollo Moon Landing Astronaut Neil Armstrong did something no one had ever done before. No human since Apollo has gone higher than low earth orbit, yet in 1969 men went to the moon.
Bryan Norcross recalls thrilling moments of 1969 moon landing
The moon landing was scheduled for late afternoon, but before that was possible, a precisely choreographed series of maneuvers had to come off perfectly or else. But we all knew that the moon landing was going to require a machine that had not been thoroughly tested, to work perfectly the first time. But there was also the possibility they would jam communications or otherwise foul up the delicate maneuvering required for a moon landing. Apollo Moon Landing Astronaut Neil Armstrong did something no one had ever done before. No human since Apollo has gone higher than low earth orbit, yet in 1969 men went to the moon.
Google Doodle celebrates 50 years since moon landing
Scott Barbour/Getty Images(CNN) - The moon landing got the Google Doodle treatment for its 50th anniversary, retold from launch to landing by one of the three astronauts on the history-making mission. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Collins began their mission July 16, 1969, launching from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. On July 20, Armstrong and Aldrin departed on the lunar module, called the "Eagle," which would separate from the command module to make the 13-minute descent to the surface of the moon. Collins waited on the other side of the moon from the comfort of the command module that would take all three men home. In the words immortalized on the plaque they planted on the moon: "We came in peace for all mankind."
Heat wave: Temperatures top 100 degrees from central U.S. to East Coast
PopularFrom 1979: Oil refinery vs. bald eagleIn Cobscook Bay, Maine, the Pittston Company's plans to build an oil refinery, welcomed by the tiny, struggling town, were met with resistance by environmentalists. The battle over the potential damage to the nesting area of the bald eagle (which in the 1970s was still an endangered species) led the Environmental Protection Agency to deny a permit. Correspondent Lem Tucker talked with Pittston vice president Arnold Kaulakis, Eastport city manager Everett Baxter, and environmental advocate Robert Gardiner, in a story first broadcast on "Sunday Morning" January 28, 1979. (Note: in 1983, after a decade-long effort, Pittston withdrew its plans to build the refinery citing escalating costs and global market conditions.)cbsnews.com
Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot
Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing. "We're bringing the glamour back" to the space program, Trump said. The vice president is commemorating Saturday's anniversary at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, visiting the launch pad where Apollo 11 blasted off. NASA televised a two-hour show Friday afternoon remembering Apollo 11 but also looking forward to its future moon plans. ___Follow AP's full coverage of the Apollo 11 anniversary at: https://apnews.com/Apollo11moonlanding___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education.chicagotribune.com
CBS News special: "Man on the Moon"
CBS News special: "Man on the Moon" On the 50th anniversary, two legends tell the story of the momentous 1969 moon walk: Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong and “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite -- the man who made history and the man who reported it. Hosted by "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell.cbsnews.com
Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad where first humans lifted off for the moon
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned to the launch pad Tuesday at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he flew to the moon 50 years ago along with the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins speaks at a panel discussion on the 50th anniversary of the launch, in Cocoa Beach, Florida, U.S., July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Joe SkipperWonderful feeling to be back at launch pad 39A, Collins, the command module pilot for Apollo 11, said in an interview on the pad with Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, himself a veteran of four space shuttle launches and a former shuttle commander. Aldrin, 89, was to join Collins on the launch pad but canceled. Collins was to be joined Tuesday evening at a gala in Cape Canaveral, Florida, by Charles Duke, the youngest human to walk on the moon as an Apollo 16 astronaut, Apollo flight director Gerald Griffin, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and four-time shuttle veteran Charlie Precourt.feeds.reuters.com
5 astronaut movies you have to watch to celebrate the moon landing
Fifty years ago on July 16, 1969, NASA launched the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon, and as we all know, they accomplished the mission. We decided to round up some of our favorite movies not only involving the Apollo 11 mission, but movies that focused on the race to the moon in general. "First Man"It's kind of surprising there aren't a whole lot of movies about the first moon landing. Luckily, "First Man," starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, is a fantastic send-up to the people who worked on Apollo 11. "Apollo 11"The only other film about the historic Apollo 11 mission is a documentary that shares its name.
WATCH LIVE: Apollo 11 astronauts returning to launch pad 50 years later
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Apollo 11's astronauts are returning to the exact spot from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago. NASA has invited Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A on Tuesday. They will mark the precise moment - 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 - that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity's first moon landing. It kicks off eight days of golden anniversary celebrations for each day of Apollo 11's voyage. Also Tuesday morning, 5,000 model rockets are set to launch simultaneously at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later
"Apollo 11 ... was serious business. Another spectator, Karin Wise, of Jonesboro, Georgia, was 19 during Apollo 11 and recalled being glued to TV coverage. Back at Kennedy, NASA televised original launch video of Apollo 11, timed down to the second. The crowd also included members of NASA's next moon management team, including Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director for the still-in-development Space Launch System moon rocket. The lone female launch controller for Apollo 11, JoAnn Morgan, enjoyed seeing the much updated- firing room.chicagotribune.com
Apollo 11 launch: Watch the most memorable moments from CBS News' coverage
Fifty years ago today, Apollo 11 began its voyage into American history. The morning of the launch, the Apollo 11 trio ate breakfast with a much smaller crew and reviewed maps with NASA's Deke Slayton. The specially equipped, air-conditioned van drove the crew about 12 miles to launch station 39A, the home of the 36-story-tall Saturn V rocket that would launch them to the moon. Americans pack Florida beach awaiting launch: "This is a dramatic point in history"Americans pack Florida beach for Apollo 11 launch: This is a dramatic point in historyCBS sports commentator Heywood Hale Broun took to the beach in Florida, where thousands of Americans awaited the launch. Apollo 11 launches, beginning epic journey to the moonApollo 11 launches, beginning epic journey to the moonCronkite counted down the anxious minutes then seconds until the Saturn V's launch.cbsnews.com
Correction: Moon Landing-Training Ground story
Astronauts studied moon mapping at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff where Pluto was discovered and peered at their eventual destination through telescopes at various northern Arizona sites. The region's role in moon missions is credited to former Geological Survey scientist Gene Shoemaker, who moved the agency's astrogeology branch to Flagstaff in 1963. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt was the only Apollo astronaut who didn't train at the national park. The eventual lunar rover used in three Apollo missions famously got a broken fender on a 1972 mission to the moon. He and John Young, who were on Apollo 16, named a moon crater "Flag Crater."chicagotribune.com
Try these cosmic treats to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing
Apollo Moon Landing Astronaut Neil Armstrong did something no one had ever done before. It's called a Zero Gravity Blizzard, and it's served to you upside down, or the next one is free. And finally, everyone's favorite cookie, Oreo, is celebrating 50 years since the moon landing, too. Oreo decided to guess what the moon tastes like -- and made it into an Oreo filling. The official anniversary of the moon landing is July 20, so you better get your hands on these far-out cosmic treats.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong's secret mementos from moon mission
Astronaut Neil Armstrong's secret mementos from moon mission The world is getting a look at some of the souvenirs Armstrong brought home from Apollo 11. They were all gear that NASA was going to throw away, and now they're on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington. Wyatt Andrews reports.cbsnews.com
Neil Armstrong kept mementos from his famous walk on the moon
Neil Armstrong kept mementos from his famous walk on the moon The widow of Neil Armstrong says she has found a bag of mementos the astronaut kept from his historic lunar mission on the Apollo 11. The items are now on display at the Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum in Washington D.C.cbsnews.com
Michael Collins remembers Neil Armstrong's skill
Michael Collins remembers Neil Armstrong's skill At a NASA event honoring Neil Armstrong Monday, Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins talks about how good of an astronaut and pilot Neil Armstrong was. Collins and others were celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.cbsnews.com
Buzz Aldrin recalls how he ended up on a mission to the moon
Buzz Aldrin recalls how he ended up on a mission to the moon Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, speaking at an event honoring Neil Armstrong, described how he wound up on the first mission to the moon. Aldrin and others were celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.cbsnews.com
Michael Collins honors Neil Armstrong
Michael Collins honors Neil Armstrong Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, speaking at an event honoring Neil Armstrong, recounts a childhood story about his fellow astronaut. Collins and others were celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.cbsnews.com
NASA celebrates 45 years since first man on the moon
NASA celebrates 45 years since first man on the moon 45 years ago this week, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. NASA estimates that 530 million people watched this historic landing on television. Charlie Rose reports.cbsnews.com