Man Must Explore: Remembering Apollo 15, Five Decades On

In July 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts Dave Scott, Al Worden & Jim Irwin flew Apollo 15 to the Moon. Five decades on, AmericaSpace remembers one of the most scientifically spectacular of the Apollo lunar landing missions. […]

Riding a Giant Spring: Remembering Apollo 9, OTD in 1969

OTD in 1969, NASA launched one of the unsung heroes in America’s bid to land a man on the Moon. Today @AmericaSpace remembers the many-faced flight of Apollo 9. […]

'SCE to Aux': Remembering Apollo 12's Hair-Raising Launch, OTD in 1969

OTD in 1969, #Apollo12 astronauts Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon & Al Bean launched to the Moon. Then a thunderstorm got in their way. […]

'Huffing and Puffing': How Does Flying a Falcon 9 Compare to the Rest? (Part 2)

Launch of Dragon Endeavour atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 on 30 May 2020. Photo Credit: Mike Killian/AmericaSpace

It’s rare that you can time a moment in history to a single split-second. But last Saturday, that split-second fell at 3:22:45 p.m. EDT, when American astronauts rode an American-made spacecraft, atop an American-built rocket, and from […]

'We Have a Problem': Remembering Apollo 13, 50 Years On (Part 2)

Gene Kranz (in foreground) watches the Flight Day 3 TV broadcast from Apollo 13. Photo: NASA

Fifty years ago today, on Saturday, 11 April 1970, the third mission aimed at landing humans on the Moon got underway, with a spectacular launch from Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. As recounted […]

'Bored to Tears': Remembering Apollo 13, 50 Years On (Part 1)

Apollo 13’s Latin motto of “Ex Luna, Scientia” (“From the Moon, Knowledge”) highlighted this mission as a voyage of exploration and scientific endeavor. Image Credit: NASA

By the spring of 1970, six months had passed since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin triumphantly fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s pledge to land a man on the […]

Apollo 15 Veteran Al Worden Dies at 88

Al Worden waves to ground personnel at Patrick Air Force Base prior to taking off on a training flight in a T-38 aircraft in July 1971. Photo Credit: The Project Apollo Archive/NASA

Only four years before the first woman and the next man are due to set foot on the surface of the Moon, […]

Hills and Valleys: Remembering Apollo 12's Hair-Raising Ride to the Moon, 50 Years Ago (Part 2)

Alan Bean carries the panniers of the first Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) across the dusty terrain for installation. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this month, America triumphantly completed the second voyage with humans to the surface of the Moon. As outlined in last weekend’s AmericaSpace history article, the Apollo 12 crew […]

'SCE to Aux': Remembering Apollo 12's Hair-Raising Ride to the Moon, 50 Years Ago (Part 1)

In drizzle and with ominous thunderstorms and lightning in the area, Apollo 12 takes flight on 14 November 1969, 50 years ago this month. Photo Credit: NASA

Look up “1969” on Wikipedia and the image that appears time and again is related in some way, shape or form to Apollo 11, which saw astronauts […]

'Distinctly Forbidding': Celebrating Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Month (Part 2)

The Home Planet creeps slowly above the lunar horizon, as viewed from Apollo 11. Only a handful of men have seen this view in more than two million years of human history. Photo Credit: NASA

When Apollo 11 and its three-man crew—Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin—rose into space 50 years ago, this […]