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

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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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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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National Air and Space Museum Recreates Launch of Apollo 11 on Washington Monument With Historic Projection-Mapping Program

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will present an once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 this July in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior and 59 Productions. For three nights, July 16, 17 and 18—a full-sized, 363-foot Saturn V rocket will be projected onto the east face of the Washington Monument from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. On Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20, a special 17-minute show, “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon” will combine full-motion projection-mapping artwork on the monument and archival footage to recreate the launch of Apollo 11 and tell the story of the first moon landing.

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National Air and Space Museum Recreates Launch of Apollo 11 on Washington Monument With Historic Projection-Mapping Program

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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Thu, July 4 2019

Star-Spangled Artifacts

In honor of Fourth of July, we explore artifacts in our collection with American flags.

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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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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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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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