Category: apollo program

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Astronaut Rusty Schweickar…

50 YEARS AGO TODAY: Astronaut Rusty Schweickart on a spacewalk during the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission, March 6, 1969. (Stellar Views)

February 23, 1969: Apollo 9 astronauts Jim McD…

February 23, 1969: Apollo 9 astronauts Jim McDivitt and Rusty Schweickart train in the lunar module simulator at Kennedy Space Center.

December 27, 1968: Apollo 8 comes home. “Reent…

December 27, 1968: Apollo 8 comes home. “Reentry, splashdown, acquisition, recovery.”

December 24, 1968 – Apollo 8 astronauts Frank …

December 24, 1968 – Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders become the first humans to orbit the Moon, circling the orb ten times.

(NASA)

EARTHRISE ON CHRISTMAS EVE – The Earth rises o…

EARTHRISE ON CHRISTMAS EVE – The Earth rises over the Moon’s horizon, December 24, 1968, photographed from lunar orbit by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders. (NASA)

Coming home from space in 1966 NASA concept ar…

Coming home from space in 1966 NASA concept art for the Apollo program.

Apollo 17 goes home on December 14, 1972. “We&…

Apollo 17 goes home on December 14, 1972. “We’re on our way, Houston!”

December 14, 1972 – The Copernicus crater and …

December 14, 1972 – The Copernicus crater and Stadius Rille formation on the Moon, as seen from the orbiting Apollo 17 command module. (NASA)

The art of Apollo 11: Paintings by Paul Calle,…

The art of Apollo 11: Paintings by Paul Calle, Mario Cooper, Erich Fuchs, and Paul Fjeld.

November 20, 1969 – Apollo 12 astronaut Pete C…

November 20, 1969 – Apollo 12 astronaut Pete Conrad heads out for another day of work on the Moon.