Apollo 11 Article Collection on Smithsonian Magazine
Smithsonian magazine has curated a collection of articles, videos and resources centered around the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Explore the collection for more on the history of the mission.
"Apollo's Moon Shot" on Smithsonian Channel
In 1961, President Kennedy issued a grand challenge: to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth by the end of the decade. What followed was a series of daring missions against an almost impossible timeline on the most complicated spacecraft ever built. Smithsonian Channel invites you to revisit an era when NASA's team of engineers and astronauts gambled everything to embark on humankind's most ambitious journey, brought to life through archival interviews, rarely seen footage and artifacts from the vaults of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
"Destination Moon": On Tour
"Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission" commemorates the first lunar landing in 1969, and the pioneering flights that came before, in a state-of-the-art traveling exhibition. It will bring the iconic Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia to Seattle and Cincinnati this summer and fall—its first national tour since 1970/71.
Voyage to the Moon: 50 Years Ago and Today
Humans first stepped onto the moon 50 years ago, and NASA has plans to head back! Watch this episode of NASA’s STEM in 30 series to hear from those involved with the Apollo program, learn about the science behind getting to the moon and explore the plans to head back to the moon in the near future.
What You Didn’t Know About the Apollo 11 Mission
From JFK’s real motives to the Soviets’ secret plot to land on the moon at the same time, read this Smithsonian magazine article to get a new behind-the-scenes view of an unlikely triumph 50 years ago.
How Neil Armstrong Trained to Land the Lunar Module
To prepare him for landing the lunar module, Neil Armstrong practiced on a training vehicle right here on Earth. It was designed to replicate flying within a gravitational pull that was 1/6 that of Earth. Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to see Armstrong in action.
Apollo 11 Command Module
The Apollo 11 Command Module, “Columbia,” was the living quarters for the three-person crew during most of the first manned lunar landing mission in July 1969. If you’d like to experience the Columbia for yourself, explore this 3D model from the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office to go on a guided tour.
Whale Shark Logs Longest-Recorded Trans-Pacific Migration
Read this article from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to learn about the female whale shark that swam for 20,142 kilometers (more than. 12,000 miles), completing the longest whale shark migration route ever recorded.