Thu, July 23, 2009

Apollo 11 at 40

Neil Apollo 11 astronauts look beyond moon, toward Mars

The astronauts who first landed on the moon aren't dwelling on their small lunar steps. Instead, two of them on Sunday urged mankind to take a giant leap to Mars. Full story


Apollo 11 moon landing DVD extract

This is a downsampled extract from the DVD of the Apollo 11 moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.


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Maze marks Apollo moon landings 40th anniversity

2009-07-23 06:16:21 GMT China Daily To mark the 40th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landings, farmer Tom Pearcy has cut a giant image of an astronaut from his field of maize. Measuring over 300m – 1000ft in length, the astronaut has been painstakingly carved out of over one million living maize plants. To launch the maze, Mr Pearcy donned an astronaut’s outfit and jumped into a replica lunar buggy. York Maze is open daily from this Saturday until September.

40th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission

2009-07-21 01:24:31 GMT Xinhua English U.S. President Barack Obama met with crew members of the Apollo 11 Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong on the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing of mankind in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington July 20, 2009.

Apollo 11 astronauts look beyond moon, toward Mars

2009-07-20 06:42:20 GMT The astronauts who first landed on the moon aren't dwelling on their small lunar steps. Instead, two of them on Sunday urged mankind to take a giant leap to Mars.

Russia still blue over moon landing 40 years later

2009-07-20 02:58:38 GMT When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon, it was a first for the Soviet Union — the first time the U.S. had beaten the U.S.S.R in the space race. Forty years later, the memory of that loss of primacy still seems to sting the Russian soul. When state TV channel Rossiya reported last week on the restoration of video footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the account gave a lot of attention to dubious conspiracy theories that the landing was faked.



America honors its heroes, the first men on the moon

2009-07-21 06:03:44 GMT The United States marked monday the 40th anniversary of the historic first moon walk Monday, with Apollo missions Astronauts issuing a clarion call for Americans to set their sights on Mars and President Barack Obama meeting at the White House with the crew of the Apollo 11 mission.

Set sights on Mars, moon pioneers urge

2009-07-21 06:01:48 GMT As the world marked the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing Monday, astronauts urged Americans to take inspiration from the Apollo program and go back to the moon and beyond, to Mars.

Original NASA Apollo footage from 1969

2009-07-16 08:37:50 GMT Those who believe the moon landing was hoaxed point to several "flaws" in this original footage. First, Buzz Aldrin doesn't look "quite right." Second, there's no sign of actual Apollo logos and stuff. Third, what's that's crawler all about that says "Argentina"? And fourth, yeah, there's a convincing takeoff, but where's the actual landing on the moon?

Unsung hero of Apollo mission

2009-07-16 08:27:15 GMT 400,000 people worked on the project to get the astronauts off the ground in the first moon mission. One of them was Stanley Colson, who was a quality control manager for the first phase rocket of Saturn 5.

Apollo astronauts then and now


James Lovell, Apollo 13, 1970

2009-07-16 06:02:50 GMT The commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission memorialized in a Hollywood film, Lovell journeyed to space four times. He also orbited the moon in Apollo 8 and orbited earth in Gemini 7 and 12.

Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7, 1968

2009-07-16 06:00:09 GMT Flying with Walter M. Schirra, Jr. and Donn F. Eisele, Cunningham occupied the pilot seat of Apollo 7 — the first manned mission in the Apollo program — for eleven days in the fall of 1968.

Fred Haise, Apollo 13, 1970

2009-07-16 05:56:48 GMT Haise's mission was slated to land on the moon, but an explosion forced him and his crew (seen here with President Nixon; Haise is at the far right) to abort their plans. Haise was also chosen to command Apollo 18, before that mission was canceled.

Alan Bean, Apollo 12, 1969

2009-07-16 05:54:40 GMT Along with Commander Charles Conrad, Bean landed and walked on the moon's Ocean of Storms. He later commanded his own Skylab mission.

Watching Apollo 11 liftoff


Apollo 11 on the sea of tranquility

2009-07-20 07:22:23 GMT

Spectators take picture remembering historic moment

2009-07-16 05:43:41 GMT "It was so long in coming and so quickly gone," says Burnett. "Yet it remains burned into my memory like a slow-motion movie."


2009-07-16 05:40:51 GMT At 9:32 AM, the rocket took off.


2009-07-16 05:37:26 GMT Some spectators stayed up all night. Others did not.