Video: Apollo Engineering panel (session 1)

Landing Apollo 11 on the Moon was a watershed event for humanity. But, the Apollo program required unprecedented engineering innovations so that Neil Armstrong could take that fateful first step. Panelists include spacecraft propulsion engineer Henry Pohl, structures and materials engineer Tom Moser and spacesuit subsystem manager Jim McBarron. They

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Video: Apollo flight controller panel (session 4)

Apollo-era flight controllers shared some of their mission memories at our Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration on July 20. In this panel hear from John D. Holt, Milton J. Heflin, Terry Watson, and Mel Richmond about Command Module Landing and Recovery Operations. Learn more about lunar science in our Starship

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Who is Max Faget?

NASA has accomplished much since it first opened its doors Oct. 1, 1958. Behind the scenes of NASA’s many successes was one of the organization’s driving innovators, Dr. Maxime “Max” Faget. He was a bright engineer who had a talent for designing spacecraft and the skills to propel America to

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Eisenhower with first NASA Administrator (Glennan) and Deputy Administrator (Dryden)

This day in history: Eisenhower signs National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, establishing NASA

  The year is 1957; the day is October 4th. Sputnik has just launched, and the Space Race has begun. The United States felt the pressure more than ever to create a national space agency, one which could compete with the Soviets. However, the nation was not exactly sure how

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Inside Mission Control with Current Flight Controllers

What is it like to sit at the helm of human spaceflight and work with a variety of highly-trained teams of engineers and scientists? Look inside what it’s like to be in Mission Control during this July 23, 2019 installment of our Thought Leader Series featuring current NASA Johnson Space

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Remembering Legendary Flight Director Chris Kraft

Christopher C. Kraft Jr. put Mission Control on the map and got his name put on it for his efforts. Kraft died Monday, two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. He was 95. An integral part of the NASA’s origins, Kraft helped shape the function

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Infographic: Apollo 11 image

More to explore about the Apollo 11 mission Crew Neil Armstrong, Commander Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot Backup Crew James A. Lovell, Commander Fred W. Haise Jr., Lunar Module Pilot William A. Anders, Command Module Pilot Payload Columbia (CSM-107) Eagle (LM-5) Launch July

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Astronaut Friday: Buzz Aldrin

July 20, 1969 is perhaps one of the most important dates in history. It is the day humans first stepped foot on the Moon, a feat once imagined to be impossible. The Apollo 11 mission placed astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong on the lunar surface, proving that humans could travel to

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Photo Gallery: Apollo-era flight controllers

Did you know that during the Apollo 11 mission, the average age of flight controllers was just 28? Imagine being responsible for landing a man on the Moon for the first time ever in your late twenties. What was it like? How did they prepare? What was the most challenging

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Guest post: Historic Apollo Mission Control Center restoration now complete

A community of backers from around the world joined Space Center Houston and the City of Webster to help restore the Apollo Mission Control Center at NASA Johnson Space Center and preserve the legacy of the Apollo Program just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

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