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Apollo Series

It’s been 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission sent the first humans to the moon. We’re looking back at that historic mission that launched from Florida’s Space Coast in 1969 and the lasting legacy Apollo has on the future of human spaceflight.

Tune in to 90.7 WMFE all this week during Morning Edition and All Things Considered for “Apollo: Then & Now” and read/listen back to the stories below.

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An Apollo astronaut’s footprint on the moon. Scientists says there’s a good chance the Apollo moon-walker footprints are still there, 50 years later. Photo: NASA

Preserving Apollo’s Historic Landing Sites On The Moon

Scientists believe the footprints of the twelve Apollo moon-walkers remain untouched by wind or erosion on the lunar surface. But as more countries — and companies — set their sites on the moon, advocates are worried that there are no international laws protecting the historic sites from tampering or damage.
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JoAnn Morgan was the only woman in the launch firing room during the launch of Apollo 11. Photo: NASA

JoAnn Morgan – The Only Woman In The Apollo 11 Firing Room

On the morning of July 16, dozens of technicians and flight controllers piled into the firing room at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to count down the launch of Apollo 11’s Saturn V rocket. Among the sea of people was JoAnn Morgan –KSC’s first female engineer and the only woman in that firing room.
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