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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

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

The first TV image of Mars was made with crayons

The first broadcast image of Mars was actually made with crayons, coloured according to data breamed back from the Mariner 4. At 03:13:04 UT signal was reacquired. All systems were nominal, cruise mode was re-established, and transmission of the images started 8.5 hours later. It lasted until August 3. The people at

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