The Apollo program

A chronicle of the first steps on the Moon, and what it took to get there
By | Published: May 30, 2018 | Last updated on May 18, 2023

When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon in 1969, it marked a significant milestone in space exploration. Now, as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Astronomy is offering a free ebook that looks back on the historic Apollo program with pieces from our magazine and web archives.

This free download includes:

  • Space reporter Jay Barbree’s chronicle of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon, and Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first moments on the lunar surface.
  • A Q&A with James Lovell, the astronaut who participated in four spaceflights and paved the way for the first Moon landing.
  • The struggles of black women in the early days of the space program, from the pre-NASA days through the culmination of the Apollo mission.

Download here!