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LUNAR MISSION ONE: A new lunar mission for everyone.

Lunar Mission One: the most inspirational mission to the Moon since the Apollo landings, and your chance to reserve your place in space

Hey I dunno if everyone heard about this but it’s funding for a new moon mission and it has 9 days left and needs $150,000 to fund, c'mon friends we could go to the MOON AGAIN

The success of Ranger VII turned President Kennedy’s distant goal into a technical possibility in the minds of many Americans. This petition from Henry Stoner, suggests how “great projects” like Ranger VII could serve as an alternate focus of public attention from the civil unrest of the 1960’s and the crippling politicization of the Cold War. Stoner petitioned the House of Representatives to officially congratulate NASA for their successful Ranger flight.

Petition from Henry Stoner Regarding the Success of Ranger VII’s Photographic Flight, 8/4/1964, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives (7348590)

Leading up to the Apollo missions, NASA worked to learn about the lunar surface and excite the public for the coming manned mission. Project Ranger fulfilled both objectives by flying satellites directly into the moon. Just before impact, the Ranger probes would send back a flurry of high definition images of the lunar surface. While the first six Ranger probes failed, Ranger VII managed to transmit stunning images of the moon, like this one, back to Earth.

Image from Ranger VII, 7/28/1964, Records of the U.S. Senate (7348589)

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45 years ago today at 7:51am on December 21st, 1968,  Apollo 8 lifted off from earth to become the first manned spacecraft to leave earth orbit.

The crew of Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders oversaw a flawless mission which provided some of the most striking images ever seen by humans.  

The Apollo missions fill us mere earthlings with awe and wonder, and inspire humans to stretch their reach to the stars.