In identifying a failing education system as it trailed the Russians, America discovered many low-achieving youngsters had ADHD.
Episode 3 of the To the moon and beyond podcast takes a look at who some of the key players are in the 21st century space race and what they are competing for.
The first humans to land on the Moon, and the team that got them there, get all the glory. But what about the people who laid the foundation for this effort by mapping the Moon? Who were they?
The technologies behind weather forecasting, GPS and even smartphones can trace their origins to the race to the Moon.
In the space beyond Earth's atmosphere, countries are focusing on nationalist pursuits and ignoring the consequences for the rest of humanity. How can we keep the peace and build a sustainable future?
China just became the first country to land a probe on the far side of the moon. It's a technological achievement and another sign of China's capabilities and ambitions in space.
After the first moon landing, the feelings that propelled a unified national mission quickly dissipated. Could Armstrong have played a bigger role in galvanizing the public for future projects?
Proposed changes to Australia's space activities legislation do little to inspire confidence in the government's approach to a commercial space industry.
This Perth Festival show, soon to come to Adelaide, contemplates both the mysteries of the cosmos and one man's inner life.
Our fascination with space shows no signs of slowing down, 60 years after the Soviet Union launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik.
Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race, which comes with great opportunities but also huge risks.
In the current commercial space race, the idea of reusing rockets is gaining momentum.
Hidden Figures is certainly inspirational, but the racial politics of the space programme were hardly so easily settled.
Letters from would-be girl astronauts in the 1960s tell part of the complicated story of sexism – in both NASA and the US at large – at the dawn of the space age.
Whatever happens next in new space race will happen quickly. The opportunity is there for Australia to be involved, but it won’t be there for long.
From football to the space race and folklore to the forest, here's why you should back the little guy.
Increasing Australia's role in the billion-dollar global space industry has hardly raised a mention in this year's federal election campaign.
Soviet space station Mir hosted astronauts from a significant number of countries – laying the foundation for the ISS. But how long will this collaborative spirit last?
The 50th anniversary of Luna 9's first soft moon landing reminds us how difficult landing a spacecraft is.
NASA once had 400,000 people working on space exploration. We should battle climate change in the same way.