Fifty years ago this week, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Canaveral, a mission that culminated with astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Jr. becoming the first men to set foot on the moon. NASA’s success fulfilled the 1961 promise made by President John F. Kennedy and gave the United States a decisive edge in its space race with the Soviet Union.
On the moon landing’s 50th anniversary, we look back at the event that the world stopped to watch.
The Apollo 11 story told through the eyes of the Florida men and women who made it happen
Fifty years on, first moon landing remains mankind’s greatest accomplishment for those involved and those who watched. Read it here.
Florida remembers Apollo 11: ‘How brave the astronauts were, how bold our country was, how small our world became’
From launch to landing, people recall unforgettable moments from a half-century ago.
Apollo 11 hit its mark, but did editors miss with headline for moon landing?
Is the headline ‘Moon, We’re Onto You’ inappropriate for a historic event? Some Times staffers felt that way. It didn’t stop us from running it on the front page. We look back at that iconic headline.
Along the Space Coast, the legacy of Apollo and dreams of new frontiers are intertwined
Tourists still come to see rocket launches, but there’s not the mystique around liftoffs that there once was. We take a look at the Space Coast today.
The meaning of the moon landing, 50 years later
We went to the moon and discovered something about ourselves. The Times editorial board reflects.