SOURCE: The American Prospect
Fifty Years After the Moon Landing, Recalling One Small Misstep
by Tad Daley & Jane Shevtsov
Why did the first humans to set foot off Planet Earth plant the flag of only part of Planet Earth?
SOURCE: New Yorker
Lyndon Johnson’s Unsung Role in Sending Americans to the Moon
As chairman of the National Aeronautics and Space Council, a White House advisory group, Johnson moved quickly to “dominate Washington space activities."
Apollo: America’s Moonshot and the Power of a National Project
by David Carlin
President Kennedy understood that his “goal [would] serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.” We need similar thinking today.
The Amazing Handmade Tech That Powered Apollo 11’s Moon Voyage
A surprising number of the Apollo spacecraft’s critical parts ended up being crafted and assembled by hand, by a vast battalion of little-known and little-heralded workers back on earth.
SOURCE: NY Times
Not Everyone Wanted a Man on the Moon
by Neil M. Maher
Protesters in the late ’60s and early ’70s pushed for spending at home on the same multibillion dollar scale as the moon race.
SOURCE: Boston Globe
Behind the men on the moon, there were thousands of women
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission this week, let’s remember something else: the thousands of women from Cambridge to California who helped make possible the trip to the moon.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Did we mishear Neil Armstrong’s famous first words on the Moon?
by Melissa Michaud Baese-Berk
I recently conducted a study on ambiguous speech, using Armstrong’s famous quote to try to figure out why and how we successfully understand speech most of the time, but also make the occasional mistake.
Why Civil Rights Activists Protested the Moon Landing
In 1969, NASA was spending millions on the Apollo space program. Some argued that money could be better spent.
SOURCE: The Japan Times
1969 moon landing was a giant leap for moviemakers, too
The space race was always going to be won by filmmakers and science-fiction writers.
Alexa: What Can Apollo 11 Teach Us About Our Relationship with Technology?
by Tracy Dahlby
The fact that we pulled off Apollo 11 at all is a testament to American ingenuity and pluck. Yet while the successful moon landing decided the race for space in America’s favor, it didn’t undo our subliminal angst about the tightening embrace of technology.
SOURCE: NY Times
Jill Lepore Reviews Seven New Books About the Apollo 11 Mission
by Jill Lepore
“At no point before the actual moon landing did any majority of Americans support the mission to land on the moon,” Lepore says in this podcast.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Apollo 11 brought a message of peace to the Moon - but Neil and Buzz almost forgot to leave it behind
by Michelle L.D. Hanlon
You may be surprised to learn there are more than a hundred sites on the Moon with evidence of human activity.
SOURCE: Talking Points Memo
Amazon’s Bezos Confirms Recovery Of Apollo 11 Engine From Ocean Floor
Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced in March that his research team, Bezos Expeditions, successfully recovered some of the remains of the F-1 engines that powered the Saturn V rocket, the workhorse of the Apollo lunar missions in the 1960s and 1970s.While the find was extraordinary, it wasn't immediately clear which Apollo missions the engines fueled. On Friday, however, Bezos confirmed that his team had indeed found an engine that propelled the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon."Today, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news," Bezos wrote on his blog. "One of the conservators who was scanning the objects with a black light and a special lens filter has made a breakthrough discovery – “2044” – stenciled in black paint on the side of one of the massive thrust chambers. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that correlates to NASA number 6044, which is the serial number for F-1 Engine #5 from Apollo 11. The intrepid conservator kept digging for more evidence, and after removing more corrosion at the base of the same thrust chamber, he found it – "Unit No 2044" – stamped into the metal surface."...
NASA Engines Found, News About Squid and More
So few people do favors for NASA these days. So when Jeff Bezos, the Amazon.com founder, announced last week that an expedition he financed had hoisted two F-1 rocket engines from an Apollo mission off the ocean floor, the agency was understandably grateful.“We look forward to the restoration of these engines by the Bezos team and applaud Jeff’s desire to make these historic artifacts available for public display,” the NASA administrator, Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., said in a statement.
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