The Space Issue

Illustration by Valero Doval

This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of the trip that changed the world: the Apollo 11 moon landing. Texas Monthly has written about Texas’s role in the space program for decades, and our July collector’s issue combines the best of our archives with new perspectives on the final frontier.

Mission Control

Liftoff

Walking on the Moon

Jul 20, 2009 By Katy Vine

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first humans to set foot on the surface of the moon. Forty years later, the researchers, astronauts, engineers, scientists, and NASA officials who made the voyage possible remember the day the Eagle landed.

Reentry

Where NASA Went Wrong

Sep 30, 1986 By Al Reinert

The seeds of the Challenger disaster were sowed long ago, in the space agency’s conflict between its ideals and its politics.

Lust in Space

Jan 20, 2013 By S. C. Gwynne

The lovesick antics of diapered astronaut Lisa Nowak are some combination of funny and sad but seemingly not revealing of anything larger, until you realize that her tragic, tabloidy breakdown says everything you need to know about NASA’s many troubles.

Relaunch

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Building A Habitat For Sustainable Life In Space

Jul 21, 2019 By TM Promotions

As NASA and private companies race to send humans to Mars and beyond, the need for a program providing sustainable life for long periods in space becomes apparent. Dr. Robert Skelton has proposed a growable habitat with 1 G of gravitational force to solve this need. Skelton, a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment…