Apollo 50

Sat, July 20 2019

Apollo Memorabilia: Command Module Handbag

As the Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, we also celebrate some of the unique pieces of memorabilia created to mark that human achievement. In addition to the pins, patches, buttons, medals, matchbooks, sweatshirts, and commemorative plates the Smithsonian holds in the national collection, this unique ladies handbag is one of my favorites.

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Command Module Handbag
Fri, July 19 2019

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Close Call

In this guest blog from Smithsonian Channel, we share the story of Neil Armstrong's Lunar Landing Research Vehicle crash in May 1968.

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LLRV Crash
Wed, July 17 2019

"One Small Step for Man" or "a Man"?

Spacesuit curator Cathleen Lewis explains Neil Armstrong's quote appears the way it does in the case of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

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Neil Armstrong Spacesuit Display
Wed, July 17 2019

"We Choose to Go to the Moon" and Other Apollo Speeches

We take a look at the famous speeches that led to the first Moon landing, and one that thankfully never had to be delivered.

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John F. Kennedy at Rice University
Tue, July 16 2019

Conserving a Wearable Legacy

Before returning Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit to display in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, it underwent extensive conservation and a state-of-the-art display case and mannequin was designed to protect it while on display.

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Conserving Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit
Tue, July 16 2019

Digitizing Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

Working with the museum, the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office 3D scanned Neil Armstrong's spacesuit, helmet, and gloves. The resulting 3D models, which have been fully annotated by the suit’s curator and conservator, are now available.

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3D Rendering of Armstrong Spacesuit
Thu, July 11 2019

"Ground Control to Major Tom"  The Apollo Playlist Part 1

On July 11, 1969 – only 5 days before Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin set out on their journey to the Moon – a relatively unknown British musician named David Bowie released a single titled Space Oddity.

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David Bowie by Mick Haggerty
Wed, July 10 2019

Dog-Eared on the Moon?

When early astronauts traveled into space, and in this case, the Moon, lives depended on communications equipment that kept them in contact at all times with those stationed on Earth, like this "Snoopy Cap" communications carrier.

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Dog-Eared on the Moon?

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Armstrong's Apollo 11 "Snoopy Cap"
Tue, July 9 2019

Support at Predawn: The NASA Art Program and James Dean

The NASA Art Program played an important role in representing the excitement and public interest in early spaceflight missions like Apollo 11. As we look back at key moments from the historic missions, we do so not only through photographs and oral histories, but through the eyes of artists as well. 

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Support by Jamie Wyeth
Fri, July 5 2019

Inspired by Apollo: How a TV Broadcast Led Me (Almost) to Space

"When I was a kid – maybe 5 or 6 – I remember my dad calling me into the living room and sitting me down in front of our almost comically tiny black-and-white TV screen."

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Inspired by Apollo: How a TV Broadcast Led Me (Almost) to Space

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Apollo 11 Bootprint

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