The First Moon Landing, Fifty Years On

  • What's next in the evolving space industry
  • Physics & Astronomy feature on aerospace research
  • Expert insights from a former Apollo engineer & specialist in aerospace design

The First Moon Landing, Fifty Years On

On 20 July 1969, the world witnessed a historic milestone in human spaceflight mission. Apollo 11 made its first successful crewed landing on the moon.

Fifty years on, we are reflecting on this achievement and how it continues to influence aerospace research and development. We've invited two experts to contribute to this topic: Pat Norris, a former Apollo engineer and Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, a practicing architect, who has also worked on aerospace design.

Read and share the space-themed research we’ve put together across the fields of Physics and Astronomy, addressing its impact on society and science. 

All articles are free until August 15th 2019 - read and share the research with your communities today.

From our authors

We had the opportunity to speak with two of our Springer authors, who share and reflect their experiences on Apollo 11's successful human spaceflight mission, and more. Read their stories below.

SPSN-Astronomy-Apollo © SpringerPat Norris’s 50 years of space experience includes the Apollo Moon landings as a NASA contractor and the Hubble Space Telescope as a European Space Agency programme manager.
Since 1980, he has worked for CGI, and he is currently a part-time consultant to its Space Business Unit. He was awarded the Apollo Individual Achievement Award in 1969 and the Sir Arthur Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Pat Norris

_EK_4536 © SpringerSandra Häuplik-Meusburger is a practicing architect with space-craft Architektur and expert in habitability design solutions for extreme environments, and teaches and researches at the Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Architecture and Design. She has published several scientific papers and worked on aerospace design and research projects, as PI, collaborator, manager and initiator.

Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger

Take a closer look at our book highlights in space themed research

Explore a selection of featured books below - enjoy free access on selected book chapters until 15th August 2019. 

© SpringerHow Apollo Flew To the Moon

This book explains the flight controllers’ and Apollo spacecraft crews’ roles in making the journey to the Moon possible and ensuring a safe return.

Free online chapter | Apollo: an extraordinary adventure

© SpringerApollo Mission Control

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing in July 2019, this book includes anecdotes by flight controllers about their duties and time on-console during historic Apollo missions.

Free online chapter | Introduction

© SpringerReturning People to the Moon After Apollo

This book provides an objective assessment of modern space projects aimed at sending humans to the Moon, and offers an insider's expert account of the evolving space industry.

Free online chapter | Why Did the United States Send Men to the Moon in the 1960s?

© SpringerRocket Ranch

This book describes in detail the infrastructure and facilities of Kennedy Space Center and how they developed over time, and relates critical events in Apollo/Saturn mission preparations that were not publicized at the time or which have been neglected over the years.

Free online chapter | Introduction

© SpringerThe Race to the Moon Chronicled in Stamps, Postcards, and Postmarks

This book provides a new perspective of the history of the space race by analyzing that history through philately - that is, from the images on postage stamps, post cards, and letters in circulation at that time. 

Free online chapter | Sputnik Triggers the USSR–USA Competition

© SpringerCountdown to a Moon Launch

This book provides an in-depth look at the carefully choreographed workflow for an Apollo mission at Kennedy Space Center. Using the Apollo 11 mission as an example, readers will learn what went on day by day to transform partially completed stages and crates of parts into a ready-to-fly Saturn V.

Free online chapter | Introduction

© SpringerDoing the Impossible

This book presents a fascinating insight into the management of NASA's Apollo Program, and explains how a single indivdual, George E. Mueller, introduced new approaches to NASA.

Free online chapter | Reorganizing

© SpringerThe First Men on the Moon

This book tells the story of Apollo 11, starting with crew selection and training, the choice of the landing site, and the assembly of the space vehicle, then a detailed account of the mission, featuring the lunar landing and moonwalk, and a review of how our knowledge of the Moon's history was revolutionised as a result. 

Free online chapter | The Apollo 11 crew

© SpringerThe Moon in Close-up

This book explains the latest understanding of lunar features and geology, based on the most recent space missions and analysis, and offers detailed techniques and tips on how to observe interesting features of the Moon, with telescopes and binoculars.

Free online chapter | Introducing the Moon

© SpringerFuture Spacecraft Propulsion Systems and Integration

This book offers a holistic mission portfolio addressing near-term to far-term transportation needs, and discusses simulation results concerning vehicle integration, propulsion systems, space launch and in-space operation, as well as the outlook for future technologies.

Free online chapter | Overview

© SpringerThe Moon

This book is part of the International Astronomical Union/Union Astronomique Internationale book series.

Free online chapter | Dynamics of the Moon

© SpringerThe Apollo Lunar Samples

This book describes in detail the planning and design of all equipment used on the Apollo lunar landing missions.

Free online chapter | Lunar Probes Pave the Way

Listen to a podcast from an astronomy expert: Jay Pasachoff

Hear a previous podcast recording from Springer author Jay Pasachoff (featured below), Chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. Also listen to Chiara Mingarelli's recording of How I Ended Up At The Center of the Universe.

A Woman in Space, Staying Connected and Publishing with Us


Interview with Insa Thiele-Eich

​​​​​​In 2017, Insa Thiele-Eich was selected as one of the two women to fly in 2020, as the first German female astronaut into space. Read and share her personal journey in "Conversations with our Authors", part of the Women in Science feature.

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