Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary

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Looking back at when NASA first put men on the moon.

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    Reliving the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Pictures

    It may be a familiar yarn, but humankind's lunar journey in 1969 continues to be a spellbinder.

    By THE NEW YORK TIMES

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    The Moon Is a Hazardous Place to Live

    If we get back to the lunar surface, astronauts will have to contend with much more than perilous rocket flights and the vacuum of space.

    By SHANNON HALL

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    How Was the Moon Made? We Won’t Know Until We Go Back

    The closer scientists look at theories of how the moon formed, the more questions they find.

    By REBECCA BOYLE

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    Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon, and Its First Great Geologist

    Had the Apollo program stopped after July 21, 1969, another astronaut says, its lunar samples would have been enough to reshape knowledge of the solar system.

    By KENNETH CHANG

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    Remembering Apollo 11: What to Watch and Listen To

    As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaches, these movies, television shows and podcasts help shine a light on the story.

    By MEKADO MURPHY

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    Imagining the Moon

    The moon in art has changed from symbol to something real, but that hasn’t changed our will to see it.

    By SHANNON STIRONE

  3. Critic’s Notebook

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    They Kinda Want to Believe Apollo 11 Was Maybe a Hoax

    Conspiracy theories were once deadly serious. On the internet, skepticism about the moon landing shows how the mood has shifted.

    By AMANDA HESS

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    NASA Reopens Apollo Mission Control Room That Once Landed Men on Moon

    The restored room is a museum piece, and yet it is alive, as though engineers stepped out briefly but would be right back.

    By DAVID W. BROWN

  5. Nonfiction

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    Fifty Years Ago We Landed on the Moon. Why Should We Care Now?

    Jill Lepore explores the many new accounts of the Apollo 11 mission on its 50th anniversary, including Douglas Brinkley’s “American Moonshot.”

    By JILL LEPORE

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  1. Remembering Those Who Lived the Apollo 11 Mission

    Portraits of people forever tethered to the moon landing.

    By Daniel J. Wakin

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    The Moon Sits for Its Portrait

    A trailblazing exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum explores our fascination with the moon, from the first time Galileo trained his telescope on it to the present.

    By Vicki Goldberg

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  3. How ‘The Twilight Zone’ First Saw Man on the Moon

    The 1959 pilot episode, airing a decade before the first moon landing, bore what would become the series’ hallmark: narrating Cold War anxieties through a mix of science and superstition.

    By Thomas Vinciguerra

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  4. Retro Report

    How NASA Sold the Science and Glamour of Space Travel

    At the time of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission in the 1960s, some Americans had reservations about the wisdom of reaching for the stars when troubles swelled on Earth.

  5. Essay

    Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon

    In a year when we’ll celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, it’s worth remembering the pathfinders who completed the same mission with one critical order: don’t actually land on the moon.

    By Jim Bell

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  6. How to Celebrate the Moon Landing, From Coast to Coast

    This summer marks the 50th anniversary of mankind’s giant leap, and NASA centers, museums and even entire cities are gearing up to celebrate.

    By Lauren Sloss

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  7. Sealed Cache of Moon Rocks to Be Opened by NASA

    A half-century ago, three containers of lunar samples were set aside, to await study by more advanced technology. Their time has come.

    By Shannon Hall

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  8. ‘Apollo 11’ Documentary: Piecing Together a Visual and Audio Puzzle

    A mesmerizing movie matched footage, some of it never seen before, with audio in a tale involving NASA, archivists, hobbyists and some luck.

    By Ben Kenigsberg

    Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
  9. Want More After ‘Apollo 11’? Here Are 5 Space Documentaries to Stream

    Todd Douglas Miller’s new documentary, “Apollo 11,” is one of the most rousing movies ever made about NASA and space. Here are more films to explore.

    By Noel Murray

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  10. Out There

    Apollo 8’s Earthrise: The Shot Seen Round the World

    Half a century ago today, a photograph from the moon helped humans rediscover Earth.

    By Dennis Overbye

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  1. Neil Armstrong Walked on the Moon. To These Boys, He Was Just Dad.

    With an upcoming auction of the astronaut’s keepsakes, his sons reflect on an unusual childhood.

    By Kenneth Chang

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