David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1972: ‘an androgynous rockstar from outer space’.
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In June 1972, the first United Nations conference on the human environment coincided with the release of David Bowie’s iconic Ziggy Stardust album. Both still feel disturbingly relevant today
Glenn, in the NASA mailroom, received letters from fans of all ages.
John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University
John Glenn would have turned 100 on July 18, 2021. Today’s space program is a giant leap more inclusive than when he made his pioneering orbit of the Earth in 1962.
The US has taken on grand challenges that required complex coordination before, including Project Apollo.
A systems engineering expert applies the same method NASA’s Project Apollo engineers used to offer a systematic approach to deciding on school reopening at a local level.
Is it possible to plan for the unforeseen? Some basic principles allow careful preparation to be reconciled with quickly shifting circumstances.
Look at the circular patterns on the Moon’s surface, as seen from Earth.
The Apollo missions to the Moon helped our understanding of the cosmic origin of craters on our lunar neighbour, and here on Earth.
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.
What makes more sense: Sending a human or a robot to Mars?
As commercial spaceflight companies lower the cost of reaching space, nations can launch more missions. But while astronauts are great for whipping up enthusiasm, is a manned mission worth the cost?
A large, sea jelly-like antenna shadow from the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.
This year the Apollo 11 mission turns 50 - but what does the future hold for the Moon? The ephemeral shadows cast by human artefacts may soon be joined by more permanent scars of lunar mining.
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.
Artist’s concept of Beresheet on the lunar surface.
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The private space race is about to take another great leap as Israel sends a private lander to the moon.
First Man: Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon.
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The new film is a down-to-Earth portrayal of astronaut Neil Armstrong and our complex relationship with the Moon.
The moon is our closest neighbour and our best hope for building capacity to explore space.
Today many Americans see universities negatively. But, as the dean of USC Dornsife argues, academia has a unique capacity to solve society’s problems. Yes, astrophysicists can help law enforcement.
Eugene Cernan inside the lunar module after his second moonwalk of the mission. His spacesuit is covered with moondust.
Often eclipsed by Apollo 11, the final manned moonshot left far more than bootprints in the dust. In these troubling times, it also left us with a lasting message of hope.
John Glenn stands in the NASA mailroom surrounded by thousands of letters sent to him.
John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University.
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.
The story of how water got inside the moon could also help us understand the origin of water on Earth.
Gene Cernan driving a lunar rover in December 1972.
The Last Man on the Moon is much more than a biographical documentary – it is a gripping account of human endeavour.
NASA once had 400,000 people working on space exploration. We should battle climate change in the same way.
Old junk: the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle crashing into Earth’s atmosphere in 2008.
A crashing piece of space junk could be a a good fortune for researchers, despite falling on Friday the 13th.
To date, all human economic activity has depended on the material and energy resources of a single planet; understandably, perhaps. It is conceivable though that future advances in space exploration could…