A German Lunar X-Prize team has announced its intentions to send two mobile probes to the Moon to inspect the lunar rover left behind by the Apollo 17 mission. Finally, something that’ll get the Moon landing conspiracy nutters to shut the hell up.
While building a 3D model of the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, archivists at the Smithsonian uncovered hand-written notes and markings in areas of the spacecraft not seen in more than 40 years. The remarkable etchings offer a new glimpse into what life was life on the way to the Moon.
When Apollo 17 lifted off from the moon 42 years ago this week, a camera captured the movements of the spacecraft — even though nobody was left behind to, say, establish a lunar base. How was that possible?
John Young is the astronaut with the longest career, the first to orbit the moon solo, and one of only three astronauts to explore the lunar surface twice.
While astronauts are by definition cool, Alan Shepard holds a special place in my heart for his unique style. He was one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts, and the only one from the group to make it to the moon. ...where he played golf, because he's awesome.
So this is wild. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' eponymous Bezos Expeditions has successfully recovered F-1 rocket engines – used during the Apollo missions – from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Pictured above, an F-1 Thrust Chamber can be seen aboard the vessel from which Bezos' team has spent the last several weeks…
Check out this row of experimental astronaut suits — they look like something out of Tintin. With the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing coming up, the National Air and Space Museum is displaying precious Apollo mission artifacts. Gallery below.