Astronaut Neil Armstrong On Why He's Proud To Be A Nerd

Jorge Cham of PHD Comics animated this wonderful speech the Apollo 11 commander gave back in 2000. In it, Armstrong proclaims he's proud to be a nerdy engineer, lists engineering's many 20th century accomplishments, and explains why he has hope for the future. It's not just inspiring, it's genuinely comforting. » 4/01/14 2:40pm 4/01/14 2:40pm

Neil Armstrong didn't misspeak on the Moon. That's how Ohioans talk.

At this point, I think we can all agree it doesn't really matter whether Neil Armstrong said "one small step for man" or "one small step for a man" when he set foot on the Moon's surface. Sure, semantic accuracy would have been nice, but again: he was the first person to set foot on the Moon. That's kind of the… » 6/02/13 1:00pm 6/02/13 1:00pm

One Tiny But Vital Safety Check Before Going To The Moon

This item from the upcoming RR Space & Aviation Auction is one of the most interesting lots. What we see is a mission-critical X-ray image of Armstrong’s space suit connections, portion of Armstrong’s A7L space suit torso showing the neck ring and the suit’s PLSS and OPS inlets, taken only nine days before the launch… » 5/14/13 1:29pm 5/14/13 1:29pm

The Apollo 11 astronauts couldn't obtain life insurance. Here's what…

When the Apollo 11 astronauts prepared to walk on the moon, they suffered from a very earthly concern: money. Given how dangerous the first manned mission to the moon was, life insurance was prohibitively expensive for the three astronauts. So they had to resort to other means to prepare for the possibility of their… » 9/01/12 9:30am 9/01/12 9:30am

Read the New York Times' 1969 account of the Apollo 11 Moon landing

On July 21, 1969, The New York Times' John Noble Wilford penned the newspaper's front-page article on humanity's first steps on the Moon. It is a tremendous piece of journalism — one that warrants revisiting today as we remember the late Neil Armstrong, who showed us what it means to dare mighty things. » 8/25/12 2:59pm 8/25/12 2:59pm