Category: 1960s

November 17, 1961 – Inside a General Dynamics plant in San Diego…

November 17, 1961 – Inside a General Dynamics plant in San Diego where gloriously shiny Atlas rockets were made.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

TODAY IN HISTORY: NASA rocket guru Wernher von Braun explains…

TODAY IN HISTORY: NASA rocket guru Wernher von Braun explains the Saturn launch system to President John F. Kennedy at Cape Canaveral, November 16, 1963.

(NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Moon, photographed by the Soviet Union’s…

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Moon, photographed by the Soviet Union’s Zond-6 space probe as it flew around the lunar orb on November 16, 1968. Zond-6 crash-landed on Earth, resulting in a damaged film cannister, but 52 images were recovered. (via)

TODAY IN HISTORY: On November 15, 1966, Gemini 12 astronauts Jim…

TODAY IN HISTORY: On November 15, 1966, Gemini 12 astronauts Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin come home after almost four days in space. Here they receive a warm welcome from the crew of the USS Wasp after getting picked up from the splashdown area by helicopter. 

TODAY IN HISTORY: Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell have a…

TODAY IN HISTORY: Astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Jim Lovell have a pretty good view on the last day of the Gemini 12 mission, November 15, 1966.

(NASA/ASU)

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Gemini 12 space capsule passes over the…

TODAY IN HISTORY: The Gemini 12 space capsule passes over the Pacific Ocean on November 15, 1966. (NASA/ASU)

TODAY IN HISTORY: A Navy helicopter hoists Gemini 12 astronaut…

TODAY IN HISTORY: A Navy helicopter hoists Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin out of the water, November 15, 1966.

The Sun rises over Earth in a postcard illustrated by Soviet…

The Sun rises over Earth in a postcard illustrated by Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, recalling the 1965 mission when he became the first human to walk in space.

November 14, 1969 – Inside Kennedy Space Center’s firing room 2…

November 14, 1969 – Inside Kennedy Space Center’s firing room 2 minutes 54 seconds after the launch of Apollo 12. (NASA)

NASA animation used during the live TV broadcast of Apollo 12…

NASA animation used during the live TV broadcast of Apollo 12 hurtling toward space, November 14, 1969.