Two space fans get seats on billionaire's private flight
Isaacman also revealed some details about his Inspiration4 mission, as the four gathered Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Their SpaceX Dragon capsule — currently parked at the International Space Station for NASA — will launch no earlier than mid-September, aiming for an altitude of 335 miles (540 kilometers). That’s 75 miles (120 kilometers) higher than the International Space Station and on a level with the Hubble Space Telescope. AdThe capsule will be outfitted with a domed window in place of the usual space station docking mechanism for their trip. The St. Jude physician assistant was treated there as a child for bone cancer.
Lunar timeline: humanity's explorations of the moon
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the lunar surface during the first moon landing in 1969. 1967: NASA's Lunar Orbiter missions completed photographic mapping of the moon. 2008: India's Chandrayaan 1 moon orbiter launched. 2009: NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched along with the LCROSS probe which crashed into the moon, revealing water ice. 2013: NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) investigated the lunar atmosphere and dust.space.com
Mars landing team 'awestruck' by photo of descending rover
This Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 photo provided by NASA shows the Perseverance rover lowered towards the surface of Mars during its powered descent. (NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The world got its first close-up look at a Mars landing on Friday, as NASA released a stunning picture of its newest rover being lowered onto the dusty red surface. NASA equipped the spacecraft with a record 25 cameras and two microphones, many of which were turned on during Thursday’s descent. It's the ninth time that NASA has successfully landed on Mars __ and the fifth rover. As it did with 2012's Curiosity rover — still roaming 2,300 miles (3,750 kilometers) away — NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed Perseverance descending beneath its massive parachute.
Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin gets COVID-19 vaccine
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, seen here in a 2019 Veteran's Day parade in New York City, has received his first vaccination shot for COVID-19. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who landed on the moon over 51 years ago, received his first COVID-19 vaccine Monday (Jan. 18), just before his 91st birthday on Jan. 20. "Received my first Covid-19 vaccine today, a couple of days prior to my 91st birthday," Aldrin tweeted Monday afternoon. Related: Coronavirus outbreak: Live UpdatesReceived my first Covid-19 vaccine today, a couple of days prior to my 91st birthday. Special thanks go to two outstanding patriots, Vlad Ghenciu Esq and Brian M Cronin, for their invaluable assistance, and to my organization, Buzz Aldrin Ventures LLC for permanent support.space.com
Space Gifts 2020: The best gifts in the universe
The Force is strong will all the Baby Yoda gifts available this year. Baby Yoda Funko Pop! Star Wars: Baby Yoda deals Reduced Price Funko Pop! Star Wars: Escape from Death Star(Image credit: Hasbro)Old-school Star Wars fans will love this retro Escape From Death Star game, including a retro collection Grand Moff Tarkin action figure. Baby Yoda Chia Pet(Image credit: Joseph Enterprise)Even plant-lovers can get in on the Baby Yoda craze this holiday season.space.com
Take a selfie with (wax) Apollo 11 astronauts at DC's Madame Tussauds
The "Meet the Legends" exhibit at Madame Tussauds in D.C. features relaunched sculptures of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong as well as a lunar module where guests can pose to take photos with the astronauts. Now, the astronauts involved in the mission are getting a permanent photo-op thanks to Madame Tussauds newest additions to its attraction in the US capital. In conversation with Madame Tussauds' General Manager Therese Alvich, Stern explained just how significant the moon landing was for science and technology. "We are about to enter a new age of exploration with the Artemis Project, which will send astronauts to the moon in the 2020s. That will be in preparation for sending astronauts to the surface of Mars in the 2030s and beyond.
This Apollo 11 experiment is still happening on the moon
Later, the Apollo 14 and 15 missions would also add similar arrays to the surface. This allows researchers to determine the moon's orbit, rotation and its current orientation, which will be needed to land on the moon. Previously it was believed that the moon had a solid core, but data from the arrays has revealed that the core is fluid. Until 1964, there weren't any closeup or detailed photos of the lunar surface. In 1964, Ranger 7 successfully reached the moon and returned 4,316 images of the surface before it collided intentionally with the surface.
NASA fed some Apollo 11 lunar samples to cockroaches and mice
Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were able to secure lunar samples from the surface of the moon from the Apollo 11 mission and bring them back to Earth. However, in order to ensure that it was safe to store lunar samples on Earth, scientists had to run a number of tests to make sure contamination was not possible, according to NASA. "We had to prove that we weren't going to contaminate not only human beings, but we weren't going to contaminate fish and birds and animals and plants and you name it," said Charles Berry, head of medical operations during Apollo, in an oral history. "They didn't find any microbial growth on the lunar samples, and they didn't have any microorganisms that they at least initially attributed to any extraterrestrial source or lunar source," said Hayes. It wasn't until after the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 that NASA felt it was safe enough to stop testing on animals and to end the quarantine process for astronauts and lab technicians working with any lunar samples.
Astronauts hailed as heroes 50 years after historic moon landing
We honor these men today, and America will always honor our Apollo astronauts.Armstrong, the first man on the moon, died in 2012 at age 82. Trump instead repeated his interest in a NASA mission that would take astronauts directly to Mars, a vastly more challenging and costly endeavor. Slideshow (15 Images)To get to Mars, you have to land on the moon, they say. Any way of going directly without landing on the moon? Is that a possibility? the Republican president asked Bridenstine during an event in the White House Oval Office.feeds.reuters.com
11 things to know about the historic Apollo 11 mission
To pull it off, the Apollo astronauts and the teams that supported them put in grueling hours of training. Cool'The Apollo 11 crew of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins traveled 240,000 miles in 76 hours to reach the moon. The Apollo 11 astronauts, meanwhile, had more than 70 food items to choose from. 400,000 people worked on the Apollo 11 missionThe full triumph of Apollo 11 doesn't just belong to the astronauts. Over the years, Apollo Mission Control and its surrounding rooms fell into disrepair.
Newsletter: Half a century ago, one giant leap for mankind
Its been 50 years since Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the surface of the moon. A half-century later, the moon landing still resonates. Google created a breathtaking portrait of unsung Apollo software pioneer Margaret Hamilton using moonlight reflected on 107,000 solar panel mirrors. AdvertisementIn a Times video series, meet more of the female computers, engineers and scientists who made the moon landing a reality, like Poppy Northcutt, Christine Darden and Sheila Thibeault. The moon landing left a lasting impression on many of those who followed along, regardless of their age, background or where they were living.latimes.com
Mike Pence says U.S. will first return to the moon, then go to Mars
Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Saturday the U.S. first will return to the moon, and then Mars, in upcoming space travel. Meeting with Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on Friday, Mr. Trump grilled NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine about the logistics of getting a man on Mars. "We don't know what we're going to find on Mars, but it certainly is going to be a trip that's very interesting," Mr. Trump said. When Aldrin and another astronaut, Michael Collins, said they believed the trip should be directly to Mars, Mr. Trump seemed to agree. Major Garrett's full interview with Vice President Mike Pence will be available on "The Takeout" podcast on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.cbsnews.com
Apollo 11 moon-landing tapes sell at Sotheby's for $1.8 million
Apollo 11 tapes sold at auction at Sotheby's for $1.82 million on July 20, 2019, on the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Sotheby's said Saturday that NASA videotapes depicting the Apollo 11 lunar landing on this day 50 years ago were sold in New York for $1.82 million. People celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in other ways across the U.S. on Saturday, including with "Run to the Moon" races and other festivities, the Associated Press reported. Sotheby's, which agreed to be acquired for $3.7 billion last month by a company owned by French billionaire Patrick Drahi, has sold several other items associated with Apollo 11 this month, including pages from the mission's flight plan. WATCH: What's next for NASA on 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landingcnbc.com
Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11's 'giant leap' on moon
A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's "giant leap" by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday, toasting with Tang and gobbling MoonPies. At NASA 's Kennedy Space Center, Aldrin showed Vice President Mike Pence the launch pad where he flew to the moon in 1969. And where better to celebrate than Apollo, Pennsylvania located in Armstrong County not far from Moon Township and the town of Mars. "This is what we're here for, to share the American space experience," explained executive director Karan Conklin, who led the toast. The crew deliberately modeled its mission patch after Apollo 11's: no astronaut names included to show the universal nature of space flight.chicagotribune.com
Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot
Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing. "We're bringing the glamour back" to the space program, Trump said. The vice president is commemorating Saturday's anniversary at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, visiting the launch pad where Apollo 11 blasted off. NASA televised a two-hour show Friday afternoon remembering Apollo 11 but also looking forward to its future moon plans. ___Follow AP's full coverage of the Apollo 11 anniversary at: https://apnews.com/Apollo11moonlanding___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education.chicagotribune.com
Memories of watching Apollo 11: 'You could hear a pin drop'
They huddled in front of televisions at home and gathered in auditoriums and schoolrooms as the Apollo 11 astronauts ventured onto another world for the first time. The Apollo 11 landing was during his second week at Camp Watonka in Hawley, Pennsylvania. I had a model of the Apollo 11 rocket, the lunar module, and the Star Trek Enterprise on my desk. I still have my scrapbook of newspaper clippings starting one week before blast off until the day the astronauts came out of quarantine on the Apollo 11 mission. ___Follow AP's full coverage of the Apollo 11 anniversary at: https://apnews.com/Apollo11moonlanding___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Department of Science Education.chicagotribune.com
Tuesday marks 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's mission to the moon
ROANOKE, Va. - This week we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic mission to the moon. Fifty years ago Tuesday, the Saturn-V rocket launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida -- and sent Apollo 11 into orbit. Four days later, humans landed on the moon for the first time ever. It was Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the lunar module eagle who landed on the moon's surface at the sea of tranquility. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is hosting a special presentation of Apollo 50: Go for the Moon this week.
Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later
"Apollo 11 ... was serious business. Another spectator, Karin Wise, of Jonesboro, Georgia, was 19 during Apollo 11 and recalled being glued to TV coverage. Back at Kennedy, NASA televised original launch video of Apollo 11, timed down to the second. The crowd also included members of NASA's next moon management team, including Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, launch director for the still-in-development Space Launch System moon rocket. The lone female launch controller for Apollo 11, JoAnn Morgan, enjoyed seeing the much updated- firing room.chicagotribune.com
Correction: Moon Landing-Training Ground story
Astronauts studied moon mapping at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff where Pluto was discovered and peered at their eventual destination through telescopes at various northern Arizona sites. The region's role in moon missions is credited to former Geological Survey scientist Gene Shoemaker, who moved the agency's astrogeology branch to Flagstaff in 1963. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt was the only Apollo astronaut who didn't train at the national park. The eventual lunar rover used in three Apollo missions famously got a broken fender on a 1972 mission to the moon. He and John Young, who were on Apollo 16, named a moon crater "Flag Crater."chicagotribune.com
Buzz Aldrin recalls how he ended up on a mission to the moon
Buzz Aldrin recalls how he ended up on a mission to the moon Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, speaking at an event honoring Neil Armstrong, described how he wound up on the first mission to the moon. Aldrin and others were celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon.cbsnews.com