Monday, July 22, 2019

APOLLO 11 - 50th Anniversary

"What Apollo 11 pilot Michael Collins feared most during critical NASA mission" PBS NewsHour 7/17/2019


SUMMARY:  This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which first landed American astronauts on the moon's surface.  Of the intrepid crew, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have tended to dominate public attention, but it was pilot Michael Collins who flew the command module to the moon -- and faced his own distinct concerns about the return trip.  Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports.

"NASA opens a new collection of moon rocks to researchers" PBS NewsHour 7/20/2019


SUMMARY:  Johnson Space Center in Houston houses more than 2,000 samples collected over six Apollo missions between 1969 and 1972 from various parts of the moon.  The collection includes rocks, core samples, pebbles and dust that scientists are still learning from 50 years later.  Hari Sreenivasan reports on the laboratory keeping these artifacts safe.

"This retired astronaut captured hundreds of images in space" PBS NewsHour 7/20/2019


SUMMARY:  Retired astronaut Scott Kelly spent a record-setting 340 days on the International Space StationAnd while he was there, he took hundreds of photographs that he compiled into a book: "Infinite Wonder: An Astronaut’s Photographs From A Year In Space."  He spoke with NewsHour Weekend about his experiences in space and the spectacular views of Earth.

"NASA looks to return astronauts to the moon" PBS NewsHour 7/20/2019


SUMMARY:  Fifty years ago today, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the surface of the moon.  Now, for the first time since the Apollo program ended in 1972, NASA is planning an ambitious launch in 2024 to return astronauts to the moon, and to sustain a human presence there by 2028.  Hari Sreenivasan reports from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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