It’s the case of the missing ‘a.’
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Armstrong always insisted that he said, ‘That’s one small step for a man.’ Yet everyone omits the ‘a’ when they repeat the quote. A linguist tries to get to the bottom of what happened.
Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, humans stepped onto another celestial body and into history.
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?
Chesley Bonestell’s detailed drawings of space travel inspired millions.
While the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is an opportunity to celebrate a remarkable technological achievement, it’s worth reflecting upon the creative vision that made it possible.
Buzz Aldrin on the moon.
NASA / Neil A. Armstrong
Conspiracy theorists claim NASA used the Apollo special camera to stage the moon landings in a studio and then slowed down the footage to make it look like there was less gravity.
They reflect wider concerns about the US – and its leaders.
In episode 2 of The Conversation's new podcast series, we look at how people reacted to the moon landing – and why some still believe it was a hoax.
Perhaps in 50 more years we will be sick of hearing stories from people who have travelled to the moon and back.
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In the future we might get sick of hearing people tell their stories about going to the Moon. Perhaps the Moon will just be like thinking about today’s Antarctica – a remote but accessible place.
European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station in October 2003.
On the 50th anniversary of man’s historic moon landing, Pedro Duque remembers how every child wanted to be an astronaut in 1969.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
The technologies behind weather forecasting, GPS and even smartphones can trace their origins to the race to the Moon.
Arthur Loureiro, Study for ‘The spirit of the new Moon’ 1888, oil on canvas.
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Purchased 1995. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant with the assistance of Philip Bacon through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation. Celebrating the Queensland Art Gallery's Photograph: QAGOMA
50 years after Apollo 11, a new exhibition considers artistic responses to our celestial neighbour. As we retreat from human space exploration, our relationship to the moon has become virtual.
Like the majority of people on the planet today, most people in our office are too young to have witnessed firsthand the Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place 50 years ago. It was a giant leap for mankind…
The first episode of a new podcast series marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landings.
The first episode of a brand new podcast series to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings looks back at what going to the moon taught us and why we stopped sending people there.
A new podcast series from The Conversation exploring the last 50 years of space exploration and the 50 years to come.
When (if) we go back to the Moon we need some rules on behaviour.
Tourism, mining and new settlements are possibilities for our Moon. But what rules and regulations should govern our behavior there?
Territorial claim? US astronaut Buzz Aldrin salutes the American flag.
A new study suggests that we should limit ourselves to developing just one eight of the solar system.
The far side looks a lot like the near side.
NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
The far side of the Moon sees its share of sunlight – it’s dark only in the sense that it’s mysterious because it’s never visible from Earth. Here’s why.
Israel’s first moon mission failed to land successfully on the moon’s surface.
The Saturn V rocket, here launching SkyLab, also sent Apollo 11 to the moon.
There is currently no launch vehicle capable of launching astronauts to the moon in one go.
President Richard M. Nixon welcomes the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, the recovery ship for the mission, where they are quarantined. From left to right: Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin.
Objects left on the Moon are not just abandoned rockets and rovers. There is a lot of historic and sentimental memorabilia. Some of it hints at a mission that the first Moonwalkers almost forgot.