First Use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV): July 31, 1971

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), often referred to simply as the “moon buggy,” was used on the Moon in the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) between 1971 and 1972. Its first use was during the Apollo 15 mission, driven by astronauts David Scott and Jim Irwin on July …

Lunar Orbit Rendezvous explained: Here’s why we don’t land a spacecraft on the moon directly

In order to go to the moon, we use complex (and somewhat risky) Lunar Orbit Rendezvous. But, can’t we land a spacecraft on the moon directly? Wouldn’t it be easier? Here’s why we use Lunar Orbit Rendezvous instead of sending a spacecraft to directly land on the lunar surface.

Apollo 11 Moon Landing: The Most Significant Event of the 20th Century

The human narrative is punctuated by milestones – the moments in time that significantly alter the course of history. The 20th century, in particular, was a period of unprecedented innovation and groundbreaking discoveries. This era birthed remarkable accomplishments like the structure of DNA, the mass production of penicillin, the inception of the computer, and the …

Moon Landing and Digital Age: NASA’s Significant Contributions to the Digital Revolution

The narrative surrounding NASA’s Apollo program often paints it as a high point that soon descended into unfulfilled potential. Critics point out the lack of moon bases, Mars landings, or a network of orbital outposts and label the program as more or less aimless following the landmark 1969 moon landing. However, to see Apollo only …

Apollo 1 Tragedy [January 27, 1967]

On January 27, 1967, three NASA astronauts, Roger B. Chaffee (b. February 15, 1935), Virgil I. Grissom (b. April 3, 1926), and Edward H. White II (b. November 14, 1930) died when a flash fire swept through the Apollo 1 command module during a launch rehearsal test. The three men inside perished despite the best …

The first soft landing on the far side of the Moon was performed on January 3, 2019, by China’s Chang’e 4

 On January 3, 2019, China’s lunar lander and rover Chang’e 4 achieved the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon in the history of humanity’s space exploration. It’s a space exploration success no nation or space agency (including NASA) has accomplished even as of January 2023.

Apollo 7 was launched on October 11, 1968

Apollo 7, the first crewed flight in NASA’s Apollo program was launched on October 11, 1968, exactly ten years after the space agency’s first launch. The mission successfully demonstrated the crewed performance of the Command and Service Modules and featured the first American live broadcast from space.