Apollo

  • This weekend marks 50 years since the launch of Apollo 13. Only seven months after Apollo 11, the third manned lunar landing attempt was already seen as routine, but it would become one of the most remarkable stories of survival in history.
  • Apollo astronaut Colonel Alfred Merrill "Al" Worden has died at the age of 88. Worden was the Command Module Pilot for the 1971 Apollo 15 lunar landing mission, where he remained in orbit while his crewmates descended to the lunar surface.
  • On November 14, 1969, the second manned mission to land on the Moon lifted off from Cape Kennedy. Four months after the historic Apollo 11 landing, it was the first true manned exploration mission to the lunar surface. But why return to the Moon?
  • Samples returned to Earth during the Apollo missions quickly offered scientists new insights into the makeup of our Moon. NASA has now cracked open the first of two untouched lunar samples to see what they look like under the microscopes of today.
  • There's a galaxy of products commemorating Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, from coins to cushions, tumblers to tote-bags. But for those who really want to wear their astro-hearts on their sleeve (or wrist), the Trappist-1 NASA edition might just send them over the moon.
  • When the Apollo 11 astronauts set foot on the Moon, one of their main tasks was to break out a special tool kit that they used for collecting samples of rock and soil for return to Earth. Now Comex is working to create an updated version to be used by the next generation of lunar explorers.
  • Fifty years ago, two men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the surface of the Moon. That's a very simple sentence to write, but getting to grips with what is almost certainly one of the most momentous events in the whole of human history is far less easy. So what was Apollo 11?
  • NASA has stitched together images taken during the Apollo missions to provide a more expansive look through the eyes of the astronauts taking part.
  • NASA has opened the doors to the restored Mission Control Center (MCC) from which Apollo-era flight controllers guided astronauts on the first bold voyages to the Moon. The agency has also released a time-lapse video showing the multimillion-dollar project unfold.
  • This is the story of the Apollo Guidance Computer that helped the Apollo astronauts safely navigate to the Moon. It was a computer that was so advanced that the engineers who created it said they probably wouldn't have tried to do so if they'd known what they were getting themselves into.
  • Fifty years ago and a quarter of a million miles away, three astronauts carried out the dress rehearsal for one of the greatest events in human history. On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 lifted off. Its mission: to return to the Moon and pave the way for the Apollo 11 lunar landing two months later.
  • Today, we take it for granted that the Apollo lunar landing was possible, but at the time, no one had done anything remotely like it – let alone in a craft that had never been fully tested.