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NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job

Aug. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville beat out Johnson Space Center in Houston, which managed the Apollo lunar lander a half-century ago. The new lunar lander —...

State fair remembers moon landing with butter astronauts

Jul. 24, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The moon may be made of cheese, but these astronauts are made of butter. The Ohio State Fair is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with life-size butter sculptures of Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts. Gov. Mike DeWine opened the 166th edition of the fair...

Moon back in NASA's court 50 years after 1st lunar landing

Jul. 21, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years after humanity's first lunar footsteps, the moon is back in NASA's court. The White House wants U.S. astronauts on the moon pronto — by 2024, a scant five years from now. The moon will serve as a critical proving ground, the thinking goes, for the real prize...

The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

Jul. 21, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 2 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing at the Apollo 11 launch site. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin accompanied Pence to Florida's Kennedy Space...

Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11's 'giant leap' on moon

Jul. 20, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's "giant leap" by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday, toasting with Tang and gobbling MoonPies. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Aldrin showed Vice President Mike...

Apollo 11 astronauts reunite on 50th anniversary of moonshot

Jul. 19, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins reunited Friday on the eve of the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing. They gathered in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, who got a rundown on his administration's plans to get astronauts back on the...

The moon landing was a giant leap for movies, too

Jul. 19, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope. "He got this Questar and he attached one of his cameras to it," remembers Katharina Kubrick, the filmmaker's stepdaughter. "On a night where there was a lunar eclipse, he...

Richard Branson inspired by Apollo, his own space shot soon

Jul. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson said Thursday his spaceship has just a few more test flights before he jumps on board for the first tourist trip. The British billionaire celebrated his 69th birthday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center during 50th anniversary festivities for...

Memories of watching Apollo 11: 'You could hear a pin drop'

Jul. 18, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon in 1969, the world was watching. Live TV coverage made hundreds of millions witnesses to history. They huddled in front of televisions at home and gathered in auditoriums and schoolrooms as the Apollo 11 astronauts...

Correction: TV-Moon Landing Specials story

Jul. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a July 5 story about TV specials marking the 1969 moon landing, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a July 20 concert celebrating the event will air on PBS. The National Symphony Orchestra Pops concert at the Kennedy Center will not be aired. A corrected version of the...