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How the Smithsonian Prevents Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit From Slowly Destroying Itself With Harmful Gases

Short of entombing it in a giant resin block like a prehistoric mosquito trapped in amber, the Smithsonian’s conservators can’t stop Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from slowly breaking down over time. But, as Adam Savage discovered, they have come up with a clever way to slow down the degradation. It’s not obvious to museum visitors, but Armstrong’s spacesuit now actually breathes to help dispel gases that contribute to its slow decay. Read More >>

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European Space Agency Chief Urges Humanity to Protect Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1 Landing Sites

July 20, 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the date when Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface, and the chief of the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to give their landing site, Tranquility Base, special heritage status. Read More >>

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The Weird Ways NASA Thought Moon Dust Might Kill Apollo Astronauts

Prior to the first Moon landing, scientists had good reason to believe the lunar surface was covered in a fine layer of dust. While this might not sound like a big deal, it presented a host of concerns to the Apollo mission planners. Read More >>

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We Celebrated the Moon Landing Anniversary by Building the Lego Lunar Lander at NASA

As many people will already be aware, the year is 2019. 2019 is not only the last year of the 2010s, and the 50th anniversary of that time Bryan Adams got his first real six string, it also marks half a century since human beings first plonked their feet on the moon. 20th July 1969 was the day that happened, and we thought we'd do something special in the best way we could think of: with Lego. Read More >>

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Here Are the Bad Things NASA Thought Might Happen to the First Astronauts on the Moon

Fifty years ago this week, humankind landed on the Moon for the first time. It was one of the most impressive technological feats ever pulled off, filled with peril and uncertainty. Given that, it’s fair to wonder just what exactly NASA scientists were worried could have happened to the astronauts during and after their lunar trip. And yes, aliens (specifically, alien microbes) were on the short list. Read More >>

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Breathtaking Simulation Recreates Neil Armstrong’s View of the Apollo 11 Landing

Choppy video taken by a camera next to Buzz Aldrin’s window is the only visual record we have of the first Moon landing. Using archival data and new high-res images, a team from NASA has recreated the Apollo 11 landing, showing Neil Armstrong’s perspective for the very first time. Read More >>

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How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet

Conspiracy theories about the Moon landing have been around for years. Decades, in fact. And while it’s easier than ever to spread false stories thanks to the internet, the belief that humans never landed on the Moon is way older than the web. Read More >>

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An Aerospace Engineer Figured Out How To Get Lego’s Apollo 11 Lunar Lander To Fly

It’s not quite as challenging as actually landing a pair of astronauts on the moon, but aerospace engineer and talented toy hacker Adam Woodworth has managed to upgrade Lego’s Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set with all the motors and electronics needed to make it actually fly and recreate that memorable landing all over again. Read More >>

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I Wish Lego’s Beautifully Detailed Moon Landing Set Also Included More Accurate Looking Astronauts

July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission which successfully landed two astronauts on the moon, and Lego is one of countless companies hoping to cash in on the accomplishment with a new 1,087-piece set that recreates the Lunar Lander with an impressive amount of detailing. But I’m a little disappointed the included Lego minifigures look like astronauts transplanted from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Read More >>

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Stunning Trailer for Apollo 11 Brings Us Never-Before-Seen Footage of the Moon Mission

Last year, the filmmakers behind Apollo 11 were discussing making a documentary to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, when an archivist informed them that extensive, unseen 70mm footage of the mission existed at the National Archives. The footage became the basis for the documentary Apollo 11 and now we’re getting our first look at it with a new trailer. Read More >>

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Woman Sues NASA for Allegedly Damaging Her Precious Apollo 11 Lunar Sample Bag

In 2017, Nancy Lee Carlson of Illinois auctioned off a genuine Apollo 11 lunar sample bag for $1.8 million (£1.4m). That’s a good score given she purchased the bag for $995, but she was expecting as much as $4 million (£3m). The reason for the low value, she says, is that NASA damaged the bag – and she’s now suing the space agency to that effect. Read More >>

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Apollo 11’s Source Code Is A Surprisingly Hilarious Artefact Now Online

One of the most surprising things about the Apollo 11 guidance computer source code isn’t just the sheer size of it, but rather the amount of in-jokes that scientists included with it. Read More >>

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Another Great Way to Prove Moon Hoax Conspiracy Theorists Wrong

Humans have landed on the moon six times, but conspiracy theorists still insist the actual number is zero. They cite bad science, misunderstandings of physics, and outright lies to try to convince you that American astronauts never set foot on our moon. Here's one more way to prove those wackos wrong. Read More >>

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The Watch That Walked on the Moon Gets an Anniversary Upgrade

Believe it or not not, the watch that Buzz Aldrin wore as he took those first steps on the moon wasn't some custom contraption engineered by NASA to endure the vacuum of space. It was an Omega Speedmaster Chronograph, and 45 years later the watchmaker has released a commemorative follow-up called the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11—now made from space-age titanium. Read More >>

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How NASA Would Have Handled a Failed Apollo 11

This weekend marks the 45 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission landing the first men on the moon. Like all missions, NASA had a contingency plan. Space historian Amy Shira Teitel explains the astronauts' grim orders if a lunar lander malfunction had left Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stranded on the moon. Read More >>