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Yesterday โ€” July 21st 2019NPR Space

50 Years After Apollo 11, Here's What (And How) Astronauts Are Eating

By Susie Neilson
Some of the space food that was scheduled to be carried on the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission included (from left to right): chicken and vegetables, beef hash, and beef and gravy.

Ever since astronaut John Glenn's first bite of applesauce in 1962, eating in space has been a challenge. NPR talks to former NASA food scientists to see how cosmic cuisine has evolved over the years.

(Image credit: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)

  • July 21st 2019 at 13:00
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Space Spinoffs: The Technology To Reach The Moon Was Put To Use Back On Earth

By Jacob Margolis, KPCC
Freeze-dried foods were perfect for the weight-conscious Apollo missions, in which the spacecraft needed to stay lean enough to get to the moon and back.

Project Apollo spurred on a technological revolution — everything from advances in food packaging to computers. Fifty years later, we are still reaping the rewards.

(Image credit: Lily Padula For NPR)

  • July 20th 2019 at 14:42

On Apollo 11 Anniversary, A Former Crew Member Reflects On The Lunar Trip

Michael Collins, center, poses with Neil Armstrong, left, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. for a group portrait a few weeks before they took off to the moon in the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.

Humans first landed on the moon 50 years ago on July 20. Former astronaut Michael Collins was a member of the historic mission.

(Image credit: Space Frontiers/Getty Images)

  • July 20th 2019 at 14:00

'Fresh Air' Commemorates The 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11's Moon Landing

By Terry Gross

We listen to archival interviews with Michael Collins, of Apollo 11; Alan Shepard, the first American in space; Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield; and Chuck Yeager, who first broke the sound barrier.

  • July 19th 2019 at 19:44

How A 10-Year-Old Boy Helped Apollo 11 Return To Earth

By Josh Axelrod
Greg Force and Abby Force at StoryCorps in Greenville, S.C.

Greg Force was just a boy when his father, the director of a NASA tracking station in Guam, called home with an important mission for him: to help the crew of Apollo 11 return safely to Earth.

(Image credit: Alletta Cooper/StoryCorps)

  • July 19th 2019 at 11:04

Key Moments To The Lead-Up Of Apollo 11 Moon Landing

NPR's Noel King talks to historian Andrew Chaikin about the things that went wrong during the Apollo 11 moon landing. He wrote: Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts.

  • July 19th 2019 at 11:04

Meet John Houbolt: He Figured Out How To Go To The Moon, But Few Were Listening

By Scott Neuman
American aerospace engineer John Houbolt as he stands at a chalkboard in July 1962 showing his lunar orbit rendezvous plan for landing astronauts on the moon.

In the early 1960s, NASA was considering three different ideas for landing a man on the lunar surface. Houbolt's plan ultimately won out despite concerns within NASA that it was too risky.

(Image credit: NASA/LARC/Bob Nye/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

  • July 18th 2019 at 14:00

Telescope In Chile's Mountains Looks For Signals To Explain How The Universe Began

By Joe Palca

There's a telescope high up in the mountains of Chile that's looking for signals from the earliest moments of the universe. Finding these signals would be key to explaining how the universe began.

  • July 17th 2019 at 22:32

Seeing Apollo Through The Eyes Of Astronauts

By Ryan Kellman
The astronauts of Apollo 11 train in various simulations.

Five former NASA astronauts who flew on space missions reflect on some of the awe-inspiring photos from Apollo 11, the first lunar landing flight.

(Image credit: NASA)

  • July 17th 2019 at 14:00

For Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary, The Washington Monument Becomes A Rocket

By Josh Axelrod
The Smithsonian celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by projecting a 363-foot visual rocket.

Fifty years after the Saturn V rocket carried the astronauts to the moon, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is honoring the historic mission with a giant projection.

(Image credit: Shuran Huang/NPR)

  • July 17th 2019 at 05:44

The Making Of Apollo's Command Module: 2 Engineers Recall Tragedy And Triumph

By Jacob Margolis
(Left) The Apollo 11 command and service modules are mated to the Saturn V lunar module adapter. (Right) The Apollo 11 spacecraft command module is loaded aboard a Super Guppy aircraft at Ellington Air Force Base for shipment to North American Rockwell Corp.

It was the only part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft that came back from the moon. Designing, testing and building it was a monumental task, according to two engineers who were part of the effort.

(Image credit: NASA)

  • July 16th 2019 at 14:01

Hawaii Protesters Block Access Road To Stop Construction Of Massive Telescope

By Vanessa Romo
Native Hawaiians have objected to construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope for years. On Monday, about 300 protesters arrived to block workers from accessing the site on a mountain believed to be sacred land.

Native Hawaiians chained themselves to a grate in a road to stop work on the controversial Mauna Kea project on what they say is sacred land. Development is scheduled to begin this week.

(Image credit: TMT via AP)

  • July 16th 2019 at 00:27

50 Years After Apollo 11 Moon Landing, NASA Sets Its Sights On Mars

By Mary Louise Kelly
Jim Bridenstine became NASA administrator in April 2018. He says that before the space agency can send humans to Mars, it has to get them back to the moon.

As the world looks back at the Apollo mission, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine looks ahead to the "moon shot" of the modern era: landing a human on Mars.

(Image credit: Olivia Falcigno/NPR)

  • July 15th 2019 at 22:15

Spacesuit Worn By Neil Armstrong Continues To Inspire

By Chloe Veltman

The spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon is iconic and continues to be the standard for crafting space garb.

  • July 14th 2019 at 14:21

The Camera That Went To The Moon And Changed How We See It

By Scott Neuman
Astronaut Alan L. Bean holds a container filled with lunar soil collected during the extravehicular activity in which astronauts Charles Conrad Jr., commander, and Bean, lunar module pilot, participated.

Astronaut Walter Schirra's decision to bring a Swedish-made Hasselblad on his Mercury spaceflight set the course for NASA's choice of the camera for the Apollo lunar program.

(Image credit: Charles Conrad Jr./NASA)

  • July 13th 2019 at 18:53

Rippling Rainbow Map Shows How California Earthquakes Moved The Earth

By Merrit Kennedy
NASA

NASA has mapped changes in the ground's position caused by the recent earthquakes — and it happens to look like beautiful, psychedelic art.

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

  • July 12th 2019 at 21:58

As America Celebrates Apollo, A New Moon Race Is Underway

By Geoff Brumfiel
An Indian heavy rocket lifts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The same site will launch India

More nations than ever are racing to the moon. Their lunar ambitions are driven by advances in technology and a desire to prove themselves.

(Image credit: R. Parthibhan/AP)

  • July 12th 2019 at 16:08

NASA Moves Forward With Plans For Multi-Billion-Dollar Moon Rocket

By Nell Greenfieldboyce

NASA is building its most powerful rocket ever, a moon rocket, which will cost billions of dollars. But the effort has sparked debate about whether NASA should rely on cheaper, commercial rockets.

  • July 12th 2019 at 13:24

Why So Many Countries Have Their Sights Set On Visiting The Moon

By Geoff Brumfiel

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landings, more nations than ever are racing to the moon. Their lunar ambitions are driven by advances in technology and a desire to prove themselves.

  • July 11th 2019 at 23:25

Virgin Galactic Plans To Become First Publicly Traded Spaceflight Company

By Camila Domonoske
Virgin Galactic

Billionaire Richard Branson is partnering with a group of investors to take his space tourism company public. The stock market debut is expected later this year.

(Image credit: Gene Blevins/Reuters)

  • July 9th 2019 at 19:43
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