Astronaut

Water Found in Apollo Moon Rocks?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 9, 2010   View Article

Recently NASA crashed two spacecraft into the moon and orbiters scanned the lunar surface for telltale light signatures—all to confirm the rocky body isn’t bone dry after all.

But, it turns out, solid evidence for water on the moon was under our noses the whole time.

Tiny amounts of water have been found in some of the famous moon rocks brought back to Earth by the Apollo astronauts, scientists announced last Wednesday.

10 firsts from NASA’s first 50 years

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: October 1, 2008   View Article

NASA is celebrating its 50th birthday, and what a ride it has been! The space agency has sent humans to the moon and probes to the edge of the solar system, meeting with triumph as well as tragedy. Learn about 10 firsts from the space agency’s first 50 years.

Shuttle’s Human Experiments Pave Way for Moon, Mars Voyages

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 17, 2006   View Article

The space shuttle Discovery successfully finished its latest voyage today, touching down at Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 9:14 a.m. local time.

But science experiments started during the 13-day mission will continue.

Throughout their nearly two weeks in space, the crew kept diaries of their sleeping habits and filled containers with various bodily fluids.

The tasks were part of experiments designed to help better prepare astronauts to stay healthy during long-distance space flights to the moon and Mars.

Stuffed, Orbiting Spacesuit to Communicate with Earth

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 2, 2006   View Article

Tomorrow giddy astronauts on the International Space Station will intentionally jettison one of their older colleagues into Earth orbit.

It’s no homicide, though. The “colleague” is a defunct spacesuit retooled to be one of the most unusual satellites ever launched.

NASA Aims for Moon by 2018, Unveils New Ship

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: September 19, 2005   View Article

Today NASA unveiled plans to return humans to the moon by 2018. Astronauts are expected to travel in a new spaceship that combines technologies developed for the space shuttle and Apollo programs.

The last lunar landing was during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

The new plan will cost about 104 billion U.S. dollars over the next 13 years and help President George W. Bush achieve the vision for space exploration that he outlined on January 14, 2004. At that time Bush said he wanted humans back on the moon by 2020.

Apollo Anniversary: Moon Landing “Inspired World”

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 16, 2004   View Article

On July 20, 1969, at 10:56 p.m. ET, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped off the “Eagle” onto the surface of the moon and said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Thirty-five years later, Steven Dick, NASA’s chief historian at the space agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., said that a thousand years from now, that step may be considered the crowning achievement of the 20th century.

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