50 years have passed since NASA’s Apollo 8 mission circled the moon for the first time — here is every Apollo mission explained

NASA NASA’s Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s succeeded in putting the first humans on the moon. Apollo 8, the first mission to orbit the moon, launched almost exactly 50 years ago — on December 21, 1968. Humans have not stepped foot on the moon in more than 45 years. But NASA […]

‘Creed II’ Screenwriter on Apollo Creed’s Legacy and Crying During the First Movie [Exclusive]

Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker spoke with /Film by phone this week about the second season of his show. We’ll bring you the full interview next week, but during the interview, we got to ask him about writing the sequel to Creed, which brings back Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), with a son of his […]

Teaser: our Apollo series finale is coming tomorrow

Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Transcript coming soon. (video link) “I believe that this nation should commit itself,” stated a boyish President John F. Kennedy before a packed-to-the-rafters joint session of Congress in 1961, “to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a […]

The Greatest Leap, part 5: Saving the crew of Apollo 13

Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) As Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise floated in the tunnel snaking between the Lunar Module and Command Module, he heard—and felt—a loud bang. Around him, the two vehicles began to contort. Then, the metal walls […]

Teaser: Next up on “The Greatest Leap,” Ars talks Apollo 13

Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) We have two parts left in “The Greatest Leap,” our celebration of 50 years of Apollo. Next Tuesday will bring us to one of the most important events in the history of human space flight: […]

The Greatest Leap, part 4: Catching Apollo fever as a new NASA employee

Our Apollo documentary is back, but you can catch up with parts 1, 2, and 3 quickly. Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) As inevitably happens in August, a sweltering heat with the tactility of dog’s breath had come over Houston […]

Teaser: Our celebration of 50 years of Apollo resumes next week

Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) Christmas is over, the new year has started, and we’re all back at work at the Ars Orbiting HQ. This means that it’s time to pick back up with part four of “The Greatest Leap,” our […]

Apollo 8 and the 50/50 bet that won the Space Race for America

Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) By the summer of 1968, a sense of deep unease had engulfed the American republic. Early in the year, the Tet Offensive smashed any lingering illusions of a quick victory in the increasingly bloody Vietnam […]

Teaser: Our Apollo celebration continues with part 2, launching Tuesday

Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Click here for transcript. (video link) For the first episode in “The Greatest Leap,” we focused on the Apollo 1 fire and NASA’s return to flight after that tragic accident. Without that turnaround, the United States might never have landed on […]