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Space archaeology: Protecting historical space sites

California has just named the remains of the Apollo 11 mission a state historical resource. There is an unwritten law in America's national parks: Carry out what you bring in. When they visited the moon, though, the Americans weren't nearly as considerate or in touch with nature. Astronauts Buzz Aldrin

The 10-year-old who helped Apollo 11

40 years ago a 10 year old played a vital role in helping Apollo 11 splash down safely after its historic mission. To properly replace the bearing would have required dismantling the entire antenna, and there was simply no time. So Charles Force thought of a creative solution: If he could

Apollo 11 footage: Before and after restoration

NASA has released some videos showing the recently discovered raw footage from the Apollo 11 moon landings. Is it just me, or does the old footage look slightly better (apart from the occasional dust particle)?

Russian spacecraft crash-landed on the moon hours before Americans

A 1969 recording of a Russian spacecraft attempting to beat NASA's Apollo 11 in the race to the moon has been released. Sir Bernard Lovell, the astronomer, was among the team listening to transmissions coming from the area of space and began tracking the unmanned Soviet spacecraft Luna 15, which was

Has NASA found the lost moon tapes?

Due to a record-keeping mix-up the original video tapes from the Apollo 11 moon landing mission were misplaced and presumed lost...until now. The result could mean new and amazingly clear footage from the historic mission. The following scenes, in which the astronauts move around the lunar lander, are so murky it