Secret stash of Moon artifacts found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet

These are the contents of a mysterious white bag found hidden in Neil Armstrong's closet: Weird looking lamps, wrenches, utility brackets, sights, and a film camera that later was identified as the one that captured the famous Apollo 11's descent on the Moon's surface. Nobody knew about it, including his widow. » 2/07/15 6:59pm 2/07/15 6:59pm

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. » 8/23/14 9:00am 8/23/14 9:00am

No, Apollo 11 astronauts didn't go through customs after splashdown

Government bureaucracy, am I right? Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins get out of their ship after going to the moon, and the first thing they have to do is fill out some pesky customs paperwork. It's a sign of our times, right? Nope—it's an urban legend. » 8/07/14 12:39pm 8/07/14 12:39pm

This Song's Rhythm Is Inspired by Neil Armstrong's Heartbeat on the Moon

Forty-five years ago, a man landed on the moon for the first time. Understandably, he was a little nervous. Neil Armstrong's heart raced to 160 beats per minute as the lunar vehicle touched down on the moon's surface. But as he made that great leap for mankind and walked around the moon, his heart steadied and slowed.… » 7/19/14 8:00pm 7/19/14 8:00pm

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. » 7/19/14 9:00am 7/19/14 9:00am

The Chinese Rover's First Moon Photos Are Here

China's National Space Administration has released photos taken by the Yutu rover on the moon. There is also video footage of the Chang'e 3 lander's descent, and you can see in the video (below) when it comes to a full stop about 50 meters above the surface of the moon for a quick photo survey. » 12/15/13 5:25pm 12/15/13 5:25pm

China's Rover Has Reportedly Landed On the Moon

China's state-run television network is reporting that the unmanned Yutu lunar rover has successfully soft-landed on the moon. The rover, which touched down a few minutes after 9PM Saturday night Beijing time, is the first object to be successfully soft-landed on the moon since 1976. » 12/14/13 11:00am 12/14/13 11:00am

The Groundbreaking Camera That Captured Man's First Steps on the Moon

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. This unassuming, metal box was actually the Westinghouse Apollo Lunar Television Camera that broadcasted his momentous first steps to millions of viewers across the world. » 7/20/12 5:40pm 7/20/12 5:40pm

Buzz Aldrin Was the First Man to Pee on the Moon—42 Years Ago Today

42 years ago, American space hero Buzz Aldrin was the first man to pee on the Moon. Armstrong was the first to set foot on it but, like, whatever Neil, Buzz was the first one to take a leak. » 7/20/11 9:30am 7/20/11 9:30am

New Apollo 17 Landing Photo Clearly Shows Lander, Flag

It's blurrier than old MySpace snapshots, but it's there as expected. The Apollo Lunar Modules and the US flag left behind at the Apollo 17 landing site has been caught in a close-up image by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. » 10/31/09 12:00am 10/31/09 12:00am

Norman Rockwell: The Original King of the Photoshop

Back when Norman Rockwell ruled Saturday evenings, Adobe wasn't even a gleam in some nerd's eye, but a new book shows that the painter was, nevertheless, a photoshop god. » 10/26/09 12:20pm 10/26/09 12:20pm

A Real Astronaut Reflects on America's Moon Landings, Past and Future

Our friend and astronaut blogger Leroy Chiao was an invited guest at the Apollo 11 40th Anniversary gala last night. Here he shares a few shots, his memories of the Eagle touchdown, and his thoughts on the next moon mission. » 7/21/09 5:20pm 7/21/09 5:20pm

Look! There's a Person On The Moon

Exactly 40 years ago now—at 10:56pm EDT, July 20, 1969—Neil Armstrong began his descent to the Moon's surface, slowly sliding down the Eagle's ladder. It was the pinnacle of the greatest human adventure in history. » 7/20/09 10:56pm 7/20/09 10:56pm

Should We Skip The Moon And Head For Mars?

Speaking at a Washington lecture over the weekend, Apollo 11 crewmembers Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins expressed concern about NASA focusing too much on past accomplishments. That is to say, they believe we should focus our efforts on Mars. » 7/20/09 5:00pm 7/20/09 5:00pm

The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Liveblog

Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin are now on course to the surface of the Moon, after undocking from Columbia. I'm certainly not the great Walter Cronkite, but I'm liveblogging the historic event here. » 7/20/09 2:25pm 7/20/09 2:25pm

"The Eagle Has Wings"

1969: The Eagle—Apollo 11's Lunar Module—has now undocked from Columbia—the Command Module—and is now orbiting the Moon, 2 hours, 16 minutes minutes from landing Armstrong and Aldrin on its surface. This is how it looks from Columbia. » 7/20/09 1:59pm 7/20/09 1:59pm

Better Than TV

1969 From Apollo 11's Command Module, now on final approach to the Moon landing site: "We're getting first view of the landing approach. Looks like pictures but difference of watching a real football game and watching it on TV." » 7/20/09 1:00pm 7/20/09 1:00pm

"You Want Me to Walk On the Freakin' Moon Wearing What?!"

These shots of gear from the first Apollo moon mission show just how far we have—and haven't—come in the 40 years since man first walked on the moon. » 7/19/09 3:00pm 7/19/09 3:00pm

NASA Releases Restored Moon Landing Footage

NASA has been working with Lowry Digital in Burbank to restore all of the original tapes from the July 20, 1969 moonwalk, and they just released the first clips of it. » 7/16/09 9:30am 7/16/09 9:30am

Apollo 11 Liftoff In 1 Hour!

If you haven't yet hit We Choose The Moon, it'll be conducting the whole mission in realtime, starting with liftoff at 9:30am ET. (More details here.) Hurry up, or the Saturn V takes off without you! [We Choose The Moon] » 7/16/09 8:30am 7/16/09 8:30am