We celebrate the 47th anniversary of the first moon landing with the reprise of a conversation with author and NBC space reporter Jay Barbree about his trusted friend Neil Armstrong. Jason Davis brings us a special report on NASA’s 2020 Mars rover. Emily Lakdawalla reminds us that New Horizons at Pluto was anything but the end of exploration in our solar system. Bruce Betts poses a fascinating question in this week’s What’s Up trivia contest.
Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press
Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight
Portrait of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong, donned in his space suit, poses for his official Apollo 11 portrait. On the Gemini 8 mission, launched on March 16, 1966, Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space. As spacecraft commander for Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, Armstrong gained the distinction of being the first man to land a craft on the moon and first to step on its surface.