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Protecting our lunar history

Archaeologists are pushing for protection of the Apollo landing sites from future visitors to the moon. “I think it’s humanity’s heritage,” said Beth L. O’Leary, a professor of anthropology at New Mexico State University. “It’s just an incredible realm that archaeologists haven’t begun to look at until now.” Dr. O’Leary herself had

History textbook: Man landed on the moon in 1979

An official history textbook used by thousands of GCSE pupils in the UK states that man landed on the moon in 1979. It also mentions that John F. Kennedy was president in 1960. "You have got to get these things right," said Sean Lang, a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University,

400 year-old moon drawings

Drawings of the Moon made 400 years ago are part of a new exhibition on the history of astronomy at the London Science Museum. The moon maps, the first ever made from telescope observations, were the work of the English astronomer Thomas Harriot. The exhibition spans many cultures from the 10th to

The 17th century mission to the moon

Everyone is celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing, but few people realize that it is not the first time man has attempted to fly to the moon - there was a mission way back in the 17th century. Wilkins believed that we were held on Earth by a form of magnetism.

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

Confirmed: Neil Armstrong got his speech wrong

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," were the first words Neil Armstrong uttered when he stepped foot onto the surface of the moon. It's long been rumoured that he was supposed to say, "That's one small step for a man," and those rumours have finally