'I Didn't Feel Any Obligation': 45 Years Since the Apollo 17 Decision (Part 1)

Forty years after Apollo 17, Jack Schmitt remains the only professional geologist to practice his art on another world. Pictured in this view with Old Glory at Taurus-Littrow, he is backdropped by the two celestial bodies upon which he had based his entire career: the Moon and the Earth. Photo Credit: NASA

As Project Apollo wore on, the intensity of lobbying by the scientific community to get geologist-astronaut Jack Schmitt to the Moon increased. Originally assigned to the Apollo 15 backup crew, Schmitt might have flown Apollo 18, prior to a sweeping cancelation of the final missions in the program. Photo Credit: NASA

For almost five […]

'Miles and Miles and Miles': Opportunity Sets New Off-World Distance Milestone

Simulated image of Opportunity at work in Endurance crater. The “little Mars rover that could” recently surpassed a 41-year-old “off-world” distance record. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad famously quipped as he stepped upon the Moon’s surface, “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small [step] for Neil [Armstrong], but that’s a long […]

Retro Space Images: Remembering a Lunar Drive

Photo Credit : NASA / Retro Space Images

Roving the Desert: Apollo 17 backup astronauts Charlie Duke and John Young are shown aboard a Lunar Rover mockup during a training session at Tonopah, Nev., in September 1972. Duke and Young had just recently returned from their own trip to the Moon aboard Apollo 16 a […]

From People on Wheels to People and Wheels on the Moon: The Automotive Lunar Explorers

Jim Irwin works with the lunar rover, backdropped by the grandeur of Hadley, in July-August 1971. Photo Credit: NASA

Chrysler, Delco, Ford, and General Motors are hardly the sort of names—at first glance—that might be associated with Project Apollo, the grandest and boldest adventure of exploration in human history. Since the dawn of the […]

Tire Tracks to Our Future: 40th Anniversary of NASA's Lunar Rover

NASA sent three Lunar Rovers to the surface of the Moon during the Apollo Program. 2012 marked the anniversary of the final flight of one of these incredible machines. Photo Credit: NASA

Amid the “best of” compilations which marked the end of 2012, December 14 slipped by with little celebration. That Friday morning marked the […]