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September 14, 2018

Luna’s Legacy: Remembering a Different Trip to the Moon

On Sept. 14, 1959, Pittsburghers woke up to a dramatic headline splashed across the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “ROCKET HITS MOON, REDS CLAIM.” In the middle of the night, after 33.5 hours of flight from Earth, a Soviet spacecraft crashed into the surface of the Moon in a region ominously named the Palus Putredinus, or “Marsh of Decay.” For the first time, a man-made object had landed on another body in space.

August 22, 2018

Count Down to Destination Moon with these Staff Picks

The countdown for Destination Moon is officially on, and you can prepare yourself for liftoff with this great selection of books, films, and television shows recommended by the History Center curatorial staff.