Today, the descent stage of Lunar Module remains untouched where it was left in the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon. The ascent stage of the Lunar Module was left in a decaying lunar orbit and eventually crashed into the Moon’s surface. Will anyone be going back to see it in person?
10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote a 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration series of articles marking the Apollo 11 mission, featuring contemporary British comics and illustrations – and you can read his 24th July 1969 entry here, the final item in his 2009 series
Break out your vintage Dinky toys and enjoy one last look back at those amazing events of 50 years ago!
The Apollo lunar flights may have ended in 1972, but the moon has remained of great interest to NASA and scientists around the world. “Apollo” invariably stands near the top of all search queries on NASA’s public web site.
NASA says it has has sent more than 500 Apollo lunar samples in recent years to scientists around the world for ongoing analysis. Each year, a handful of new scientific papers offer insights and updates to what we’ve learned about the moon from these samples.
In the half-century since people visited the Moon, NASA has continued to push the boundaries of knowledge and is now moving forward to a return to the Moon, with astronauts landing on the lunar South Pole by 2024, and, then, on to Mars…
While noting the plans present a formidable political, financial and technical challenge, perhaps there’s a job out there for Dan Dare after all…
• The Guardian: Everyone’s Going back to The Moon – But Why?</strong
As the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo landing approaches, a host of countries are undertaking lunar missions. What’s behind the new space race?
• MACH: NASA’s Artemis program will return astronauts to the moon and give us the first female moonwalker
It’s a bold plan — and success isn’t certain. Artemis faces political, budgetary and technological hurdles
• Nature: Can NASA really return people to the Moon by 2024?
Donald Trump wants US astronauts back on the Moon. But his ambitious plan faces formidable political, financial and technical challenges.
• The Space Race from Audible on Amazon (Affiliate Link)
• “Moon Landing 40th Anniversary: A Comics Celebration” Gallery on Flickr
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