For almost anyone else on the planet Earth, having Ryan Gosling play them in a movie would be the coolest thing to ever happen to them. But that’s not the case when your list of achievements includes “First Human to Walk on the Moon.”
October 30, 1964: What’s the best way to practice lunar landings when you’ve never been to the moon? With the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, of course! Although decidedly inelegant in appearance, astronauts relied on these engineering marvels for their practice.
Earlier this week, NASA uploaded an incredible treasure trove of images to a new gallery on Flickr: unprocessed photographs from all of the manned Apollo missions. They represent an incredible look into what the astronauts saw on their missions to the moon.
A tiny museum in London has been hiding a surprising artifact: a Urine Collection Bag from Apollo 11 marked with the initials “NA.” That’s right: these are the undergarments Neil Armstrong wore when he first stepped on the moon. Fantastic!
It’s official. The Smithsonian’s crowdfunding campaign to preserve and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit ended early this morning. And it was such a huge success, they’ll be restoring Alan Shepard’s suit as well.
Forty six years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two people to walk on the Moon, and Armstrong snapped this iconic photo of Aldrin (and of himself, too—that tiny little astronaut reflected in the visor is Armstrong). But it wasn’t until today that Aldrin finally gave it the perfect caption.
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.
On July 20th, 1969, with "one small step," Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. But why did he get to go first?
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.…
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, Nike has made a pair of shoes that'll make you feel like every step you take is on the moon. Because of the all over lunar print, the silhouette of the shoe completely disappears and makes it look like the shoe is made from moon rock.
US Navy pilot, war veteran, aerospace engineer, astronaut and first man on the Moon Neil Armstrong was also an incredible test pilot, with 900 flights in experimental aircraft including the dangerous Lunar Landing Testing Vehicle. On May 6, 1968, he almost died flying one. This is the video of the crash.
Jorge Cham of PHD Comics animated this wonderful speech the Apollo 11 commander gave back in 2000. In it, Armstrong proclaims he's proud to be a nerdy engineer, lists engineering's many 20th century accomplishments, and explains why he has hope for the future. It's not just inspiring, it's genuinely comforting.
Neil Armstrong was commander of Apollo 11, the first astronaut to ever set foot on the moon, and a man whose accomplishments were legendary and far-reaching—but he was also an irrepressible nerd in love with mathematics, science and engineering. This is his manifesto.
At this point, I think we can all agree it doesn't really matter whether Neil Armstrong said "one small step for man" or "one small step for a man" when he set foot on the Moon's surface. Sure, semantic accuracy would have been nice, but again: he was the first person to set foot on the Moon. That's kind of the…
This item from the upcoming RR Space & Aviation Auction is one of the most interesting lots. What we see is a mission-critical X-ray image of Armstrong’s space suit connections, portion of Armstrong’s A7L space suit torso showing the neck ring and the suit’s PLSS and OPS inlets, taken only nine days before the launch…
They are the most famous words in the history of space exploration, but the origins of Neil Armstrong's pithy "One Small Step" speech may not be what they seem.
We all know the line, but what about the story behind it? Neil Armstrong was always keen on telling folks that he'd thought up the historical words after landing on the moon, but before the walk. That is to say, relatively off-the-cuff. A new documentary tells a slightly different story.
Neil Armstrong, America's greatest and most reluctant hero, is not going to have a grave. He's going to be buried at sea.
When the Apollo 11 astronauts prepared to walk on the moon, they suffered from a very earthly concern: money. Given how dangerous the first manned mission to the moon was, life insurance was prohibitively expensive for the three astronauts. So they had to resort to other means to prepare for the possibility of their…