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Things We Saw Today: Ryan Gosling Reunites with La La Land Director Damien Chazelle for Neil Armstrong Biopic

It's official: Ryan Gosling has a new job. He has signed on to star in the Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, which will be directed by La La Land's Damien Chazelle.

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Ryan Gosling to Yell At Walk on the Moon in New Neil Armstrong Biopic

"Hey girl. It's one giant leap for humanity."

That's right, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin yell at the moon. It is their right, as astronauts. They once walked on its face.

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Help Preserve Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit With This Smithsonian Institute Kickstarter

The Smithsonian Institute recently kicked up a Kickstarter asking for money to help preserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

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You Thought Sally Ride Was the First Woman in Space? Meet Valentina Tereshkova

When you hear the word “astronaut,” you probably think of guys like Neil Armstrong. When you think of women astronauts—an even smaller number—you probably think of the late Sally Ride who, among her many accomplishments, went to space twice, was a physics professor at U of C and, perhaps most importantly, was immortalized in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” But Ride, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t the first woman in space.

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Astronaut Knicknacks: Armstrong’s Secret Souvenirs from Apollo 11

One small step for history. One giant leap for awesome.

So Neil Armstrong left a bag in the back of his closet containing a bunch of stuff he'd once taken to the Moon. Now we get to see what was inside. Hint: it's pretty cool.

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Yes, Neil Armstrong is Dead, but He’s Been Dead for a Year [Updated]

Is this the first time Twitter fake-killed an already dead celebrity?

Astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away last year, but for some reason Twitter has decided to mourn him now. A lot of people seem to think he died on August 25th of this year. It's not uncommon for Twitter to mistakenly think a celebrity has died, but this might be the first time it's tried to kill somebody twice. So what happened?

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NASA Remembers the Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s Death with Touching Video

One small step for man...

On August 25th, 2012 at the age of 82, astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away. One year after his death NASA remembers the man with this touching music video for the song "Tranquility Base" by Eric Brace. Excuse me. I have something in my eye.

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44 Years Ago We Landed on the Moon, Today Twitter Remembers That [Video]

One small step for man, many many Tweets for Internet-kind.

Humans first walked on the Moon 44 years ago today. It was a momentous occasion for Earth as a whole, and showed exactly what a properly funded space program can accomplish. The 44th anniversary of something is an odd number to celebrate, but it hasn't stopped Twitter users from remembering the event. My feed is loaded with people commenting on the Moon landing. Here are some of the best ones.

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Could NASA Be Getting A Neil Armstrong Center? Should They?

Congress Wants NASA to Rename Dryden Flight Research Center After Neil Armstrong, but Should They?

Being the first man to walk on the Moon has its benefits. Lots of things are named after Neil Armstrong, but one thing that doesn't have his name on it is a space center. There's a push in Congress right now to change that, and to rename the Dryden Flight Research Center where a young Neil Armstrong worked as a test pilot after him. Sorry, former NASA deputy administrator Hugh Dryden.

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Things We Saw Today: 30 Rock‘s Wrap Party

Things We Saw Today

We want to go to there. To be sad. (Buzzfeed)

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Remembering Neil Armstrong, the First Man on the Moon

so long and thanks for all the fish

99% of you have probably heard by now: Yesterday, Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82. He was the first person to ever step foot on the moon. He described himself as a "quiet, nerdy engineer," and that he may have been, but we will remember him as that and so much more.

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Neil Armstrong, First Man to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 82

Neil Armstrong, hero to everyone who's ever dreamed of travelling to worlds beyond our own, died yesterday at 82, his family announced. According to multiple reports, Armstrong's death was caused by complications from heart surgery performed earlier this month to relieve clogged coronary arteries.

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This is the Customs and Immigration Form Filled Out by Apollo 11 Astronauts Upon Returning from the Moon

Despite their (entirely deserved) hero status, astronauts are just everyday people like you and me. They put their pants space suits on one leg at a time, and have to fill out U.S. Customs and Immigration forms when returning from the moon. In what is perhaps the best application of bureaucracy to date, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins declared all their moon rocks and moon dust when they arrived in Hawaii after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. It was a joke, though the astronauts did spend three weeks in isolation after their return over fears they might have brought lunar germs back with them. However, Reddit tells us that this wouldn't be the only tongue-in-cheek moment for the space program. After the dramatic events during the Apollo 13 mission, Rockwell received an invoice from Northrop Grumman. It seems that since the Grumman-made lunar module was responsible for bringing the crippled, Rockwell-built command module back to Earth, it was only fair that Rockwell pay for the tow. Great moments in American history, folks. Read on below, for a closer look at the Apollo 11 immigration form.

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Neil Armstrong Explains the Logistics of the First Moon Walk

Writers love it when readers respond to their work -- it reminds us that we're not shouting into a vacuum -- but it's tough to beat the response that NPR's Robert Krulwich got to an article he wrote earlier this week about the surprisingly short distance astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. None other than Armstrong himself wrote in, explaining the logistical reasons why they stayed within 100 yards of the lunar lander.

We were operating in a near perfect vacuum with the temperature well above 200 degrees Fahrenheit with the local gravity only one sixth that of Earth. That combination cannot be duplicated here on Earth, but we tried as best we could to test our equipment for those conditions. For example, because normal air conditioning is inadequate for lunar conditions, we were required to use cold water to cool the interior of our suits. We did not have any data to tell us how long the small water tank in our backpacks would suffice. NASA officials limited our surface working time to 2 and 3/4 hours on that first surface exploration to assure that we would not expire of hyperthermia.
But Armstrong flashes his rebellious streak:
I candidly admit that I knowingly and deliberately left the planned working area out of TV coverage to examine and photograph the interior crater walls for possible bedrock exposure or other useful information. I felt the potential gain was worth the risk.
Full, fascinating first-person account at NPR. (NPR via Boing Boing)

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(Update) President Obama Visits Kennedy Space Center Amidst Backlash

This afternoon, President Obama will be tasked with selling his new vision for American space exploration and the future of NASA, amidst a flurry of criticism from those who brought us into the Space Age. Even as he will be the first sitting president to speak at Kennedy Space Center since the Clinton Administration, he faces tough opposition. Apollo-era commanders Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, and Eugene Cernan have released an open letter to the president, slamming the decisions to cancel the previous administration's Constellation moon mission and rocket development in favor of relying on private companies for future travel to the international space station and beyond.

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