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Apollo at 50

Half a century has passed since humans first set foot on the Moon. Remarkably, the achievements of Project Apollo remain unmatched: no nation or organization has yet to return humans to the lunar surface or even to orbit above it. It remains a singular achievement.

Apollo Stories

For the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, The Planetary Society asked its members for their thoughts and memories of this epochal event. Below is a sampling of those stories submitted by individuals from around the world.

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New Podcast: A Political History of Apollo

Introducing A Political History of Apollo, a limited-series podcast about why the United States went to the Moon, and why it stopped. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and more.

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Resources
Apollo 50th Anniversary Pages

Apollo 7, 11 Oct 1968
Apollo 8, 21 Dec 1968
Apollo 9, 3 Mar 1969
Apollo 10, 18 May 1969
Apollo 11, 16 July 1969

From The Planetary Report Archives

The Gift of Apollo
Carl Sagan, June 1994.
Planetary Society founder Carl Sagan was intimately involved in the Apollo program. In this essay he reflects on the meaning of those first steps on the Moon, 25 years after the fact.

While We Weren't Watching: Apollo's Scientific Exploration of the Moon
Andrew Chaikin, June 1994.
Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts highlights some of the extraordinary scientific contributions provided by Project Apollo.

Beyond Apollo: Where Next in Space?
Buzz Aldrin and Louis Friedman, July 2009
Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Planetary Society founder Louis Friedman argue that now is the time for humans to go beyond the Moon.

Highlights from our website

"As we leave the Moon [...] we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind."

—Gene Cernan, the last person to walk on the Moon, 1972

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