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Today it’s 50 years: Men walked on face of the Moon and UK professors, grads were part of Apollo team

By Jenny Wells University of Kentucky Today marks 50 years since human beings first landed and walked on the surface of the moon. Nearly 650 million people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped down from the lunar module and left their footprints on the lunar surface. It was described by “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite as “the greatest adventure”...

Fifty years ago, the first men to reach the Moon spurred the imaginations of legions of ‘Moon Men’

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to KyForward Fifty years ago, on July 16, 1969, the greatest adventure in the history of life on earth got underway. Amid the swirling distractions of the Cold War, Vietnam, and assassinations, three men climbed into a tiny spacecraft perched atop a massive rocket and departed earth on a column of fire, bound for the moon. Apollo 11 liftoff on July 16, 1969, carrying Neil...

Our Rich History: Remembering Apollo 11’s reluctant hero Neil Armstrong and his big step 50 years ago

By John Schlipp Special to KyForward This month marks the 50th anniversary of our nation’s historic Apollo 11 flight and the first footsteps of humans on the moon. The launch occurred on July 16, 1969. Crew members Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins accompanied commander Neil Armstrong. Neil and Buzz landed the Eagle (lunar module) on the moon on July 20, while Michael Collins orbited around...

Aviation Museum opens exhibit on X-15 research plane, flown by Neil Armstrong

The X-15 research plane, considered the most productive research plane in American aerospace history, is the subject of a new exhibit now open at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport. Neil Armstrong The X-15 was delivered in October 1958 and conducted 199 flights until its retirement in December 1968. The program included three aircraft and pursued research in the hypersonic region,...

One small step takes Armstrong’s space suit to CVG from Museum Center on anniversary of ‘giant leap’

One of Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC)’s most popular objects is taking a small step out of Union Terminal and a giant leap into the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). On the 47th anniversary of the moon landing, CMC unveiled a replica of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit at CVG as part of Curate My Community July 20. 
With the restoration of Union Terminal necessitating...