40 Years Later: Walking on the Moon

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with recordings of the moon landing and President Richard Nixon's conversation with Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Listeners add memories of the moon walk and thoughts on space exploration.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Lopate talks to Craig Nelson, author of Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, about the politics, technology and risks involved in the Apollo mission. Lopate is also joined by Ewen Whitaker who conducted photo analysis that helped determine the landing site for the Apollo 11 and 12 missions, developed maps of the moon, and was a member of the team communicating with the lunar orbiters during the Apollo 11 mission.

The Takeaway

The Takeaway talks to the next generation of astronauts about the future of space exploration.


Buzz Aldrin on Magnificent Desolation

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. (NASA)
Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. (NASA)
Engineers working in the launch control center, July 16, 1969. (NASA)
Thousands camped out to watch the launch of Apollo 11. (NASA)
The liftoff of the Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle. (NASA)
Buzz Aldrin climbs down the Eagle\'s ladder to the surface. (NASA)
Buzz Aldrin beside a solar wind experiment. (NASA)
Neil Armstrong works at a storage area on the lunar module. (NASA)
Buzz Aldrin salutes the U.S. Flag. (NASA)
NASA staff celebrate in Mission Control. (NASA)
President Nixon visits the returned astronauts in quarantine. (NASA)
Astronauts, still in their quarantine van, greet their wives. (NASA)


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Comments [2]

vealham scorchroad

"Astronauts to the moon. Ha ha ha ha ha!" - Conehead Beldar from the distant planet Remulak

Jul. 21 2009 11:27 AM
John G. Lyng

The economy of the U.S. cannot support a project like the moon missions today.

It all changed around 1975 during the money-supply tightening needed to control inflation. You really need an "open purse" to even consider an enormously expensive project like this.

Those days are gone forever in the U.S.

Jul. 21 2009 06:38 AM

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