Apollo

Simulating How Moon Landings Will Kick Up Dust

When spacecraft land on the Moon, their exhaust strikes the powdery regolith on the lunar surface. The Moon has low…

3 months ago

Low Gravity Simulator Lets You Jump Around in Lunar Gravity

When the Apollo astronauts landed on the Moon, they had to perform tasks in 1/6th of Earth's gravity. At first,…

11 months ago

Why are Earth’s Hemispheres the Same Brightness? New Research Solves a 50-year-old Mystery.

NASA’s Apollo program most notably explored the Moon. But it also helped us study the Earth as well, as it…

12 months ago

NASA has Simulated a Tiny Part of the Moon Here on Earth

Before going to the Moon, the Apollo astronauts trained at various sites on Earth that best approximated the lunar surface,…

1 year ago

Remembering the Gutsy and Hilarious Apollo Astronaut Jim McDivitt

Former NASA astronaut Jim McDivitt, who commanded the important Gemini IV and Apollo 9 missions – both crucial for NASA's…

1 year ago

Lunar Samples Have Been in the Deep Freeze for 50 Years. NASA Finally has the Right Technology to Study Them Properly

Curators handling lunar rocks take extreme care to keep these materials from contamination as they work with them in cold…

2 years ago

50-Year-Old Lunar Samples are Opened up for the First Time

NASA's Apollo missions to the Moon brought back about 382 kilograms (842 pounds) of samples, including rocks, rock cores, rock,…

2 years ago

Remembering NASA Engineer Jerry Woodfill, the Inspiration Behind “13 Things That Saved Apollo 13”

Jerry Woodfill, an engineer who worked diligently behind the scenes during NASA’s Apollo program, has passed away at age 79.…

2 years ago

Apollo 17 Astronauts Brought Home Samples From the Oldest Impact Crater on the Moon

Internal geological processes on the moon are almost non-existent.  However, when it gets smacked by a space rock, its surface…

3 years ago

“Put LUCKY on My Tombstone.” Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Dies at 90

We bid a reluctant but truly fond farewell today to Michael Collins. The NASA astronaut passed away at the age…

3 years ago