Tag: Moon

How Flat Earthers Nearly Derailed a Space Photo Book

A highly engaged group of conspiracy theorists can override a fact-based endeavor’s internet ads. This was a lesson that Benedict Redgrove, a photographer, said he took away from his recent attempt to advertise his space photo project on Facebook and Instagram. Another lesson was that flat earthers and lunar landing deniers can be difficult to […]

Read More

It’s the Anniversary of Everything!

By any measure, the summer of ’69 was, as the kids say today, “a lot.” June had the Stonewall riots, a landmark moment in the modern gay rights movement. July, the moon landing. August, the grisly Manson murders, followed by the endless mud of Woodstock. These events have been fodder for countless songs, movies, university […]

Read More

‘Would Dad Approve?’ Neil Armstrong’s Heirs Divide Over a Lucrative Legacy

Last fall, Neil Armstrong’s two sons began a round of media appearances to promote a venture that would make them millions of dollars: a series of auctions of about 3,000 mementos from their father’s moon mission and NASA career. “One Giant Sale” was CNBC’s headline, playing on the astronaut’s famous line, as Mark and Rick […]

Read More

Five Women Who Made the Moon Landing Possible

You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “My wish would be, all the photos in the future, there will always be women.” — JoAnn Morgan, the only woman in NASA’s firing room for the […]

Read More

Buzz Aldrin Returned From the Moon. Then His Real Adventure Began.

The chutes popped open and they splashed down in the Pacific. They’d been to the moon. Now — 50 years ago Wednesday — they’d returned to Earth. Floating upside down in the command module, its exterior blackened from the flames of re-entry, they waited for the capsule to right itself. “It was over,” Buzz Aldrin […]

Read More

Christopher Kraft, NASA’s Face and Voice of Mission Control, Dies at 95

Christopher C. Kraft Jr., the legendary founder of NASA’s mission control, who directed America’s first piloted orbital flights, oversaw the Apollo 11 lunar landing and was director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, died on Monday in Houston, two days after the 50th anniversary of that historic moment on the moon. He was 95. […]

Read More

One Small Step for Experimental Space Gear. Many Giant Leaps of Imagination.

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] A Chinese philosopher once said that exploration was a form of play. So it is fitting that the early artifacts of the Apollo moon landings, the grandest feat of exploration ever attempted, […]

Read More

The Almost Moon Man

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher There are two stories from the 1960s that America likes to tell about itself — the civil rights movement and the space race. We look at the brief moment when the two collided. [For an exclusive […]

Read More

One Small Step for Man, One Big Step for Moon Boots

ImageBuzz Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon after he stepped off this ladder on July 20, 1969. CreditNeil Armstrong/SSPL, via Getty Images The most famous shoe print in the world is not on this world at all. It’s on the moon, probably still there in the gray dust. On July 20, 1969, […]

Read More

Just Before the Eagle Landed, an Alien Arrived in Our Living Room

No one who was alive then can forget the sights and sounds of that weekend in 1969. The drawling voices of “Houston” guiding the lunar module gingerly into its assigned parking place on the face of the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin floating with each step, like kids in one of those aptly named […]

Read More

For 50 Years Since Apollo 11, Presidents Have Tried to Take That Next Giant Leap

WASHINGTON — At his star-spangled Independence Day extravaganza this month, President Trump singled out Gene Kranz, the legendary Apollo flight director. “Gene,” the president said, “I want you to know that we’re going to be back on the moon very soon — and someday soon, we will plant the American flag on Mars.” What could […]

Read More

Time for Another Trip to the Moon?

To the Editor: Thank you for your terrific retrospective on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (“Slouching Toward Cosmic Destiny,” special section, July 14). Dennis Overbye poses the question “Why do we want to go to space?” The answer is that exploration is in our DNA. Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” on […]

Read More

The Story of 8 Unforgettable Words About Apollo 11

Image It is deceptively simple. It has heft. As he recalled in a recent interview: “That word, the ‘moon.’ It was the code word for inaccessible, unreachable.” This opening sentence, he said, put the amazing shift in humanity’s perception of the moon into terms of everyday life that any reader could relate to: “Not only […]

Read More

The Apollo 11 Mission Was Also a Global Media Sensation

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] The television news director Joel Banow absorbed endless hours of “terrible old B movies” filled with extraterrestrials and rocket ships long before he oversaw the production of an authentic space opera. While […]

Read More

To Make It to the Moon, Women Have to Escape Earth’s Gender Bias

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, NASA has started Artemis, a program that aims “to return astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024, including the first […]

Read More

For Apollo 11 He Wasn’t on the Moon. But His Coffee Was Warm.

[Read all Times reporting on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. | Sign up for the weekly Science Times email.] For half a century, Michael Collins has been answering variations of the same question asked by reporters, he says. “Mr. Collins, weren’t you the loneliest man in the whole lonely history of […]

Read More