Walking on an Alien World: The First 50 Years of Spacewalking (Part 2)

A mere four years after humanity’s first spacewalk, EVA and space suit technology advanced sufficiently to permit Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the Moon. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, yesterday, on 18 March 1965, humanity became an “extravehicular” spacefaring civilization for the first time, when 30-year-old Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov ventured outside […]

An Apollo Veteran Talks Orion and the Future of Space: An Interview With Al Worden

From the Project Apollo Image Archive: “Alfred Worden waves to ground personnel at Patrick Air Force Base prior to taking off on a training flight in a T-38 aircraft, July 24, 1971.” An Apollo veteran, Worden recently discussed Orion and the future of spaceflight with AmericaSpace. Photo Credit: The Project Apollo Archive/NASA

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45 Years Since Apollo 12: The $500 Bet and the Lightning Strike (Part 1)

Al Bean begins his descent from the hatch of the lunar module Intrepid toward the surface at the Ocean of Storms. Photo Credit: NASA

One thing that irritated Charles “Pete” Conrad was the public belief that astronauts were told to say certain things during their missions. He knew that when Neil Armstrong became the […]

For Jack Swigert, On His 83rd Birthday

John L. “Jack” Swigert, pictured in a 1971 NASA photo. Photo Credit: NASA

In 2011, waiting for STS-133 to launch on a sunny February afternoon in Titusville, Fla., an out-of-town visitor inquired about Apollo astronauts while talking to a former Cape worker in the proximity of the U.S. Space Walk of Fame Museum, formerly […]

'Mr. Galileo Was Correct': The Grand Voyage of Apollo 15 (Part 2)

Haunting view of Jim Irwin with the lunar rover, backdropped by the grandeur of Mount Hadley. Photo Credit: NASA

As July burned into August 1971, three sons of Planet Earth were midway through their exploration of the Moon. Aboard the command and service module Endeavour, astronaut Al Worden operated a sophisticated array of scientific equipment from […]

'Man Must Explore': The Grand Voyage of Apollo 15 (Part 1)

The “unreal” clarity of the lunar landscape, caused by the near-total absence of atmospheric haze or particulates, was problematic for the Apollo 15 crew when judging distance at Hadley. Photo Credit: NASA

Four hundred miles (640 km) to the north of the Moon’s equator lies a place called Hadley: a small patch of Mare […]

Retro Space Images: Artist in the House

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Special Guest in Mission Control: Apollo 15 Flight Director Dr. Chris Kraft is shown with renown space artist Robert McCall during a visit to the manned space flight nerve center. McCall was responsible for numerous space exploration-related U.S postage stamps, as well as many manned space flight mission […]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 15 on the Moon

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“Falcon” on the Plain at Hadley: The Apollo 15 Lunar Module, shown on the surface of the Moon during the second EVA on August 1, 1971. Mission Commander David Scott and the Lunar Rover can be seen in the distance.

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Retro Space Images: Monitoring Apollo 15

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All Eyes on “Falcon”: This was the scene in Mission Control as the flight control team monitored the descent to the lunar surface by the Apollo 15 lunar module “Falcon.” Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin touched down safely on the Hadley-Appenine region of the Moon […]

Retro Space Images: Apollo 15 Heading for Hadley

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Full Thrust: The Apollo 15 Saturn V lifts off from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on the morning of July 26, 1971, with astronauts Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin aboard. Scott and Irwin would land the Lunar Module “Falcon” in the Hadley-Appenine […]