When viewed through the lens of history, the Apollo 11 landing was not so much a blinding breakthrough as much as it was the culmination of several Apollo's-worth of things learned and put into practice leading up to that one small step.
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. 45 Years after this historic day, we take a look through archived NASA photos that aren't so commonly seen online.
45 years ago today, Apollo 11 lifted off to make an attempt at landing on the moon. Explore the first part of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins' mission as they orbited Earth and coasted in the direction of the moon.
Two people with money to burn have put down deposits for the ultimate getaway – a trip around the moon, the president of the space tourism firm that booked the trips said this week.
Scientists have found telltale chemical fingerprints of the Mars-sized body that is believed to have crashed into baby Earth, pulverizing itself into debris that later formed the moon.
The intentional crash of a NASA probe on the far side of the moon added one more body to an already substantial boneyard of space hardware.
Earth’s finishing touch came with a wallop when a Mars-sized hunk of real estate crashed into the fetal planet some 95 million years after the birth of the solar system -- later than some astronomers thought -- sending up debris that eventually formed moon.
In an effort to exploit in-situ resources on the moon and Mars, NASA is designing instruments that could aid future manned missions to both destinations.
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