Apollo 50

Fri, April 17 2020

Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU

Space historian Paul Ceruzzi looks at a less well-known detail of the Apollo 13 mission: the Inertial Measurement Unit, which was essential to ensuring the safe return of the astronauts after an explosion damaged the service module on the way to the Moon. 

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Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU
Fri, April 17 2020

Reflecting on Apollo 13

Deputy director Chris Browne reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.

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Thomas O. Paine
Thu, April 16 2020

Conserving the Creativity that Saved the Apollo 13 Astronauts

Conservator Lauren Gottschlich explores the conservation work recently done on a replica of the altered lithium hydroxide filter used during the Apollo 13 mission.

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Apollo 13 Lithium Hydroxide Canisters
Thu, April 16 2020

Visual Information and Apollo 13

Space history curator Jennifer Levasseur examines photographs taken during the Apollo 13 mission and how they helped NASA understand what went wrong with the service module.

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Damaged Apollo 13 Service Module
Wed, April 15 2020

How Gene Kranz’s Plainest Vest Became His Most Famous

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, curator Margaret Weitekamp looks at the history and significance of one of our most iconic artifacts from the mission: Gene Kranz's white vest.

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Gene Kranz's Apollo 13 Vest
Thu, September 12 2019

Calculating Trajectories and Breaking Boundaries During Apollo

In the late 1960s, Poppy Northcutt was a return-to-Earth specialist with TRW, working on a contract with NASA on one of the most exciting adventures of the 20th century: humanity’s quest for the Moon. With computer programming skills and a degree in mathematics, she worked with her team at TRW on the development of the return-to-Earth program. And she became the first woman in Mission Control.

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Poppy Northcutt
Fri, July 26 2019

Nothing Says Welcome Home like the Goodyear Blimp

On September 6, 1969, Neil Armstrong was welcomed home with a parade in his hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, with flags, banners, Bob Hope, and the Goodyear Blimp.

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Neil Armstrong Wapakoneta Parade
Tue, July 23 2019

Neil Armstrong and the X-15

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon and before he flew on Gemini 8, he was a NASA test pilot. Noted for his engineering excellence and technical capability as a pilot, Armstrong became one of only 12 pilots to fly the ultimate experimental aircraft – the North American X-15.

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Neil Armstrong with X-15
Mon, July 22 2019

Apollo Playlist Part 2: Music Inside Apollo, Musical Critique from Outside Apollo

In this blog celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, we explore how the astronauts listened to music during the mission, what was on their playlists, and musical critiques of the Apollo program.

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Apollo Playlist Part 2: Music Inside Apollo, Musical Critique from Outside Apollo

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Apollo 12 Voice Recorder
Mon, July 22 2019

Innovation That Echoes for Eternity

In this guest blog from Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Roy Avezedo reflects on Raytheon's role in the Apollo 11 mission and what comes next.

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Raytheon Amplitron

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