Apollo 50

Wed, July 3 2019

Bob Gilruth: Architect of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo

Bob Gilruth, more than anyone else, created the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs and the Houston center that managed them.

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Bob Gilruth
Tue, July 2 2019

Buzz Aldrin's Ph.D Thesis

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the first astronaut to have a Ph.D. We explore his thesis on “Line-of-Sight Guidance Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous.”

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Apollo 11 Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin and Lunar Module Interior
Mon, July 1 2019

Abe Silverstein and the Race to the Moon

Abraham Silverstein (1908-2001), created and named the Apollo program and, most critically, pushed the adoption of liquid hydrogen as a rocket fuel for the boosters that launched Apollo. 

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Abe Silverstein
Mon, July 15 2019

What Breakthroughs are on the Launch Pad?

In this guest blog, Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Raytheon Company, reflects on what comes next.

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Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket
Fri, July 12 2019

The Social Value of Abstraction in Lamar Dodd’s NASA Art

From an outsider’s perspective, Lamar Dodd must have seemed like an unlikely choice for a commission to create paintings on the subject of space. Dodd was in the first group recruited for the NASA Art Program, which tasked artists with translating the cultural and scientific monumentality of the space missions to a national audience.

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Destination by Lamar Dodd
Mon, July 8 2019

How We Saw Armstrong’s First Steps

As we approach the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first steps on the Moon, our ability to reflect on those events is thanks in part to how the moment was shared with people around the world. The Apollo 11 mission was not the first time television signals returned from the orbit of the Moon, but the landing in July 1969 was by far the most important to get just right.

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First Steps on the Moon

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