‘Apollo 11 in Real Time’ website replays every second of historic mission

July 16, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the mission that first landed a man on the Moon.

  • The website includes lets viewers experience the mission through 11,000 hours of audio, thousands of photographs and multiple camera angles.
  • Apollo 11 lasted just over eight days.
  • Only 12 men have walked on the Moon so far. NASA plans to return to the lunar surface in 2024.
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Moon mission 2.0: What humanity will learn by going back to the Moon

Going back to the moon will give us fresh insights about the creation of our solar system.

  • July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing — Apollo 11.
  • Today, we have a strong scientific case for returning to the moon: the original rock samples that we took from the moon revolutionized our view of how Earth and the solar system formed. We could now glean even more insights with fresh, nonchemically-altered samples.
  • NASA plans to send humans to a crater in the South Pole of the moon because it's safer there, and would allow for better communications with people back on Earth.
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  • A new study suggests that the moons of gas-giant exoplanets may break away into their own orbits, called "ploonets."
  • Planet + moon = ploonet.
  • As the gas giants move inward toward their suns, the orbits of their moons are often disrupted, according to new computer models.
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Moon landings footage would have been impossible to fake – a film expert explains why

Conspiracy theories about the event dating back to the 1970s are in fact more popular than ever.

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It's been half a century since the magnificent Apollo 11 moon landing, yet many people still don't believe it actually happened.

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Lunar and solar eclipses make animals do strange things

Spiders, fish, birds, and bats all break with their daily routines.

For most animals, the structure of their day – and indeed their year – depends on the light-dark cycle.

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