Saturday, July 20, marked the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon. News@Northeastern took a look back at the technological breakthroughs, the political decisions, and the feats of daring that made the landing possible; the lunar landing itself; and what the future might hold for space exploration. Northeastern’s Archives and Special Collections is the exclusive home of The Boston Globe’s Library Collection, and we used those images to highlight the space program and the university’s role in space exploration.
Space Race 2.0?
Space exploration “has always been about international cooperation and the betterment of humanity,” says Mai’a Cross, a professor at Northeastern whose newest research focuses on the international collaboration that fostered the Space Race of the 1960s. But some politicians and military officials describe space missions as necessary in order to “prepare for war in space,” she says.
Can you guess which of these items came from the space program? We tried.
Laptops or barcodes? Sneaker insoles or lava lamps? Wireless headphones or GPS? See if you can do better than we did.
They know what astronauts are going to need once we put them on Mars
A drill to extract frozen water from beneath the planet’s surface. A rover to accompany astronauts as they work. The Northeastern students who designed and built this technology recently showcased their work at Boston’s Museum of Science.