Buzz Aldrin over the moon as he weds ‘longtime love’ on 93rd birthday
LOS ANGELES — Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, is sky high after getting married on his 93rd birthday. >> Read more trending newsAldrin, who turned 93 on Friday, tweeted that he married his “longtime love,” Anca Faur, in a small private ceremony in Los Angeles. Aldrin was part of the Apollo 11 crew that traveled to the moon. Michael Collins, the third member of the crew who circled the moon in the Apollo 11 command module while his crewmates walked on the moon, died on April 28, 2021. As the Lunar Module Eagle pilot on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, he and mission commander Neil Armstrong were the first two people to land on the Moon©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
NASA's mightiest moon rocket lifts off 50 years after Apollo
The Orion capsule was perched on top and, less than two hours into the flight, busted out of Earth's orbit toward the moon. The moonshot follows nearly three months of vexing fuel leaks that kept the rocket bouncing between its hangar and the pad. The Orion capsule will take astronauts only to lunar orbit, not the surface. After a nearly yearlong space station mission and all-female spacewalk, Koch, 43, is on NASA's short list for a lunar flight. So is astronaut Kayla Barron, 35, who finally got to witness her first rocket launch, not counting her own a year ago.wftv.com
NASA's mightiest rocket lifts off 50 years after Apollo
The Orion capsule was perched on top, ready to bust out of Earth orbit toward the moon not quite two hours into the flight. The moonshot follows nearly three months of vexing fuel leaks that kept the rocket bouncing between its hangar and the pad. The liftoff marked the start of NASA’s Artemis lunar-exploration program, named after Apollo’s mythological twin sister. The Orion capsule will take astronauts only to lunar orbit, not the surface. After a nearly yearlong space station mission and all-female spacewalk, she's on NASA's short list for a lunar flight.wftv.com
NASA's mightiest rocket lifts off 50 years after Apollo
NASA's new moon rocket blasted off on its debut flight with three test dummies aboard early Wednesday, bringing the U.S. a big step closer to putting astronauts back on the lunar surface for the first time since the end of the Apollo program 50 years ago. If all goes well during the three-week, make-or-break shakedown flight, the rocket will propel an empty crew capsule into a wide orbit around the moon, and then the capsule will return to Earth with a splashdown in the Pacific in December. After years of delays and billions in cost overruns, the Space Launch System rocket thundered skyward, rising from Kennedy Space Center on 8.8 million pounds (4 million kilograms) of thrust and hitting 100 mph (160 kph) within seconds.news.yahoo.com
Buzz Aldrin’s moon-landing jacket fetches nearly $2.8 million at auction
Auction-Aldrin's-Jacket This photo provided on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, by Sotheby's, shows a jacket worn by astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on the historic first mission to the moon's surface in 1969, which sold for nearly $2.8 million at auction. According to The New York Times, the custom-fitted, white, Teflon-coated jacket sold following a fierce nine-minute bidding war. According to Sotheby’s, the jacket features patches with Aldrin’ name and the Apollo 11 logo and is the most expensive jacket ever sold at auction, Forbes reported. Meanwhile, the previously most expensive jacket ever sold at auction was pop icon Michael Jackson’s red leather jacket worn in the “Thriller” music video, which fetched $1.8 million in 2011, according to Guinness World Records. All told, 68 of 69 lots of Mr. Aldrin’s belongings were sold for a combined $8 million on Tuesday, the Times reported.wftv.com
Apollo 11: 5 little-known facts about the first moon landing
Apollo 11: What you need to know Millions on Earth watched and listened live as Armstrong announced, "The Eagle has landed." On Aug. 10, 21 days after landing on the moon, Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins stepped out of quarantine to a room full of reporters. The crew was afraid of being locked out of the lunar moduleAfter Armstrong made his first steps on the moon, Aldrin was cautious as he exited the lunar module. Because the hatch opened inward, the pressure inside the lunar module would have made it impossible to open from the outside. In his book, “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon,” Aldrin described how they solved the problem using a felt-tip pen.wftv.com
First NASA flight director's mission control mementos at auction
The original headset used by NASA's first flight director has been given the "go" for auction. The Western Electric headset worn by Christopher C. Kraft in Mercury Mission Control is among the items being offered by Heritage Auctions on behalf of his estate.space.com
Lunar timeline: humanity's explorations of the moon
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the lunar surface during the first moon landing in 1969. 1967: NASA's Lunar Orbiter missions completed photographic mapping of the moon. 2008: India's Chandrayaan 1 moon orbiter launched. 2009: NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched along with the LCROSS probe which crashed into the moon, revealing water ice. 2013: NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) investigated the lunar atmosphere and dust.space.com
Apollo/Saturn V Center reopens at Kennedy Space Center following a year-long COVID-related closure
click to enlarge Image via Kennedy Space Center Visitor ComplexThe Apollo/Saturn V CenterAfter a yearlong closure related to COVID-19, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex plans to reopen the Apollo/Saturn V Center this month. The Brevard County attraction reopened many of its exhibits last summer after a short closure, but kept the Apollo/Saturn V Center closed. The Apollo/Saturn V Center is located 7.5 miles north of the main Visitors Center and must be accessed via shuttle bus. Multiple new safety protocols have been implemented in response to the ongoing pandemic while providing access to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. click to enlarge Image via Kennedy Space Center Visitor ComplexThe Apollo/Saturn V Center.orlandoweekly.com
Andrew Chaikin's 'A Man on the Moon' relaunched as Folio Society book set
Related: Reading Apollo 11: the best new books about the US moon landingsThe Folio Society's collector edition of Andrew Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon" is presented in two volumes. In the 27 years since the first edition was released, high resolution scans have been made of each photo taken on the Apollo missions. Each of the two volumes of The Folio Society's presentation of Andrew Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon" includes eight fold-pages with panoramic Apollo mission photographs. Related: NASA's 17 Apollo moon missions in picturesNearly 200 photographs are positioned throughout the two volumes of The Folio Society's "A Man on the Moon" by Andrew Chaikin. (Image credit: The Folio Society)The Folio edition of "A Man on the Moon" includes 56 pages of photo plates and an eight-page fold-out in each volume.space.com
Apollo astronauts urge Americans to get COVID-19 vaccine
Satellite Beach resident and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin posted a photo on Twitter getting his first vaccine shot a couple of days before his 91st birthday, according to reporting from Florida Today. Received my first Covid-19 vaccine today, a couple of days prior to my 91st birthday. Special thanks go to two outstanding patriots, Vlad Ghenciu Esq and Brian M Cronin, for their invaluable assistance, and to my organization, Buzz Aldrin Ventures LLC for permanent support. pic.twitter.com/oONTtlIIgd — Dr. Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) January 19, 2021Sporting an Apollo 11 50th anniversary t-shirt and his trademark suspenders, Aldrin said getting the COVID-19 vaccine was painless. “I urge everyone to sign up for a vaccination as soon as possible when eligible to do so, so that life can return to normal soon,” Aldrin tweeted.
NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting or littering, please
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting and littering. The space agency released a set of guidelines Tuesday for its Artemis moon-landing program, based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and other agreements. Founding members include the U.S., Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The coalition can say, “Look, you’re in this program with the rest of us, but you’re not playing by the same rules,” Bridenstine said. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
Deployed soldiers, newlyweds, new parents share moon landing memories
The moment Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon July 20, 1969, is frozen in time for the millions of people around the world who watched the moon landing or listened on the radio. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, News 6 and ClickOrlando.com put out a call asking for its viewers to share their favorite memories of that day. "I just sat there and wondered, 'Why am I here in a big ol' hole and they're landing on the moon?'" Retired space industry workers and their adult children called in to say what it meant to them to be part of the moon landing. Roseann Roach, of Brentwood, Long Island, remembered watching the moon landing with her mother.
Moonwalking astronaut Buzz Aldrin celebrates 90th birthday
Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin celebrated his 90th birthday on Monday, commemorating the occasion with a message to his 1.5 million Twitter followers. I came into this world in NJ on 1-20-30, and my mother was Marion Moon Aldrin and my father Edwin Aldrin. — Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) January 20, 2020Born Jan. 20, 1930, Aldrin grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and joined the famous Apollo 11 crew because of his specialized study of rendezvous. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface almost seven hours later. Buzz Aldrin Ventures created a page where fans can send a birthday message to Aldrin here.
Astronauts reflect on Apollo moon missions in Cocoa Beach
COCOA BEACH, Fla – Four legends from the Apollo space missions gathered ahead of Tuesday night's 50th anniversary gala to reflect on what it meant to make history. Apollo 11 astronaut Mike Collins, Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart and Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin met with a small group of reporters, which included News 6 and clickorlando.com. "I never heard anybody say that I’m going to be famous next year after this," said Duke. All agreed that space travel and space exploration would be much more advanced than it is today if it weren't for the tightening of NASA's budget by Congress. They also said NASA's sights need to be bigger than just the moon -- they said they're thinking Mars.
Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins says NASA needs JFK’s spirit for Mars
Since the Apollo 11 moon landing; 50 years ago, when the historic landing comes up in conversation the first names that pop up are those of astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldin. Prior to Apollo 11, Collins piloted the three-day Gemini 10 mission in 1966 and became the nation's third space walker. While many people think Collins missed out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Apollo 11 astronaut says he has no regrets. Collins said Apollo 11 could only happen if everything went according to plan. However, if it were up to the former Apollo 11 astronaut, NASA would be focused on Mars first.
TIMELINE: Moments leading up to historic Apollo 11 launch
Fifty years after humans first stepped foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission, NASA is celebrating the historic launch of the Saturn V rocket. Neil Armstrong was the commander, Michael Collins was the command module pilot and Edwin "Buzz" Adlrin was the lunar module pilot. [PHOTO GALLERY: Minutes leading up to historic Apollo 11 launch]It was a mission years in the making, the launch itself taking only minutes to accomplish. With a successful launch into orbit, Apollo 11 paved the way for the future of space exploration. Below, you’ll find a timeline of the moments leading up to the launch, and a minute-by-minute breakdown of the iconic launch.
A look at Space Coast when Saturn V launched Apollo 11 to moon
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Fifty years ago this July 16, Saturn V launched Apollo 11 to the moon. More than one million people gathered on the Space Coast to watch Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins lift off for the moon from Kennedy Space Center. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing News 6 created a hotline for viewers to record their Apollo 11 memories. The historic moon landing happened eight years after President John F. Kennedy declared his vision of putting a man on the moon. Above is a photo of the Indian River, which is about 4 miles west of the Kennedy Space Center.
KSC’s first woman engineer laid groundwork for first female launch director
Fifty years later, the firing room will be led by the first woman launch director. As launch director, Blackwell-Thompson will oversee the countdown first launch of NASA’s astronaut capsule, the Orion spacecraft and the Space Launch System, the mission known as Artemis-1, from Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39B. Artemis-1 Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson in the firing room at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center. AdMorgan, who started in 1958 as an intern with the U.S. Army Ballistic Missile Agency, would become the first female engineer at Kennedy Space Center, but it wasn't without challenges. “If there are young people or young girls that look at NASA's female launch director, and they say, ‘You know what?
TIMELINE: Man’s first steps on the moon
Fifty years after humans first set foot on the moon, NASA is celebrating the Apollo 11 mission. The mission had one goal: to perform a crewed landing on the moon, and return the crew to Earth. [TIMELINE: Moments leading up to historic Apollo 11 launch]A day later on July 21, 1969, millions of people turned on their televisions to watch the broadcast of Armstrong and Aldrin take the first steps on the moon. With a successful landing on the moon, the Apollo 11 crew paved the way for space exploration for generations to come. Below you’ll find a timeline depicting the moments as people first set foot on the moon.