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The Apollo Program
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The Apollo Program

Sure, taking humans safely to the Moon and back was the driving reason behind the Apollo program. But it wasn't the only goal. Scientific exploration and a global technology race also fueled the project.

Explore all 17 manned Apollo missions — along with the test flights and unmanned Apollo-Saturn missions.

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Lunar Lander

Lunar Lander

Just like the real lunar lander, this game version is hard to control and land. Can you avoid the boulder field and make a soft landing before you run out of fuel? More...

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PhET
Unpack a Meal of Astronaut Space Food

Unpack a Meal of Astronaut Space Food

Freeze-dried ice cream was on the menu for the Apollo 7 mission — but didn't make a return trip. "Bacon bars" weren't a big hit either. Find out what the Apollo astronauts did eat. More...

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Smithsonian
Neil Armstrong on Being a Nerd

Neil Armstrong on Being a Nerd

Even more powerful than his "one small step" quote is Neil Armstrong's engineering manifesto. Find out why he proclaims, "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer!" More...

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Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics)
45 Years Ago We Landed Men on the Moon

45 Years Ago We Landed Men on the Moon

Relive the July 16, 1969 moon landing with this 45th anniversary photo gallery. From Armstrong's snapshot of Aldrin walking on the surface to reactions back on Earth, you'll find it here. More...

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The Atlantic
Apollo 11 Rocket Engine Pulled from the Ocean

Apollo 11 Rocket Engine Pulled from the Ocean

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, successfully fished the ocean floor in the Atlantic and recovered rocket engines from Apollo 11. Get the details. More...

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WIRED
Apollo Mission Pictures

Apollo Mission Pictures

From Saturn V design plans and blastoff photos to shots of the lunar module landing of Apollo 11 and the splashdown of Apollo 16, you'll find it in this gallery. More...

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Discovery
Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary

The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first people to see the far side of the Moon and to watch the Earth rise from behind it. This high-tech video re-creates that December 1968 event. More...

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NASA
Explore the Apollo 11 Landing Site

Explore the Apollo 11 Landing Site

As the world watched, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their lunar module and took the first steps on the moon. Follow in their footsteps with this virtual tour. More...

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NASA
NASA’s 17 Apollo Moon Missions in Pictures

NASA’s 17 Apollo Moon Missions in Pictures

From the "disaster on the pad" of Apollo 1 through the final landing moon landing of Apollo 17, explore the NASA program with this photo gallery. More...

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Space.com
Space Exploration Quiz

Space Exploration Quiz

When did the Apollo program start, and end? Which of the program's 17 missions was the first to be successfully manned? Challenge yourself with this quiz. More...

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Discovery
Space Missions: Apollo Programme

Space Missions: Apollo Programme

Take an in-depth look at the Apollo missions, findings, and challenges with this 24-clip library of videos from BBC programs. More...

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BBC

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