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Welcome to NASA's Langley Research Center Media Kit and Community Resource Packet for the Apollo 50th anniversary
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Hot LinksHow to Use This DocumentTable of ContentsHampton Roads Community EventsLast Updated: 3/29/2019
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NASA's Langley Research Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Lunar Landing, which occurred July 20, 1969.
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Langley played a key role in the Apollo Program. Established in 1917, Langley became the first U.S. national laboratory devoted to the advancement of the science of flight. In 1958 with the creation of NASA, Langley provided the foundation of the new U.S. Space Program, including the original Space Task Group and Project Mercury. 
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During the Apollo-era of the 1960s, Langley was crucial to the lunar landing training and research, among other scientific tests.
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Langley research engineer John C. Houbolt and his team developed the Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR) concept, which was determined as the most feasible way to meet President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to reach the moon by the end of the decade.  
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More about Houbolt & LOR coming soon
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Gemini and Apollo astronauts routinely trained at the Lunar Landing Research Facility (now known as the Landing and Impact Research Facility), pictured left, and the Rendezvous Docking Simulator, pictured right, in preparation for their historic lunar landings.  
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 The Langley-led Lunar Orbiter Project, pictured left, took images of the lunar surface in order to choose landing sites such as the Sea of Tranquility for Apollo 11, capturing some of the first images of the Earth from the moon. 
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Through hundreds of hours of wind tunnel testing, Langley researchers helped to determine the aerodynamic characteristics of the Apollo-Saturn launch configuration. In order to evaluate Apollo's ablative heat-shield materials, an electric arc heater was used at Langley that could duplicate the intense heat generated by friction during reentry. In numerous facilities, including the 8-Foot High-Temperature Tunnel, Langley engineers conducted critical investigations into the structural integrity of Apollo.  
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More about Langley's role in the Apollo program coming soon
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We were there for the first step and we’ll be there as NASA is going back.
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NASA's Langley Research Center is preparing for future Moon to Mars missions through mission architecture development, advancing in-space assembly capabilities, radiation protection research, providing critical components for Orion and SLS and leading entry, descent and landing technology development.
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For detailed information about Langley’s contributions to the Apollo program:
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https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/the-first-step-langleys-contributions-to-apollo/
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For more information about NASA's Apollo 50th anniversary celebration:
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https://www.nasa.gov/specials/apollo50th/index.html
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Langley will be supporting community events across Hampton Roads throughout the summer.
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For information about events surrounding the Apollo 50th celebration:
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https://www.nasa.gov/specials/apollo50th/events.html
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Jump to the TopHow to Use the Apollo-Langley Media & Community Packet
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This documents contains publicly available resources for the media and local partners to learn more about NASA's Langley Research Center's role and contributions during the Apollo Era. There is a variety of resources including links to fact sheets, historic photos, historic videos, and relevant exhibits.
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All of these photos, videos, documents, gifs, and fact sheets are publicly available and do no require permission for use.
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Most items listed have details such as a name, description, and a link. On some pages you can more easily search the database through the filter feature, particularly the photos and videos tabs. Click on the triangle next to "Category" and a list of categories will appear. You can select which ones you want to view in particular, or you can select to see all of them.
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Sheets are protected only to prevent accidental deletions and ensure formating does not change. They still allow you to filter and sort sheets while protected. You can easily unprotect a sheet by right-clicking on the desired tab and clicking "unprotect sheet."
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Below is a Table of Contents that can help you more easily navigate the document and find the information you are looking for. The blue words are hyperlinks to the corresponding tab.
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This packet may be routinely be updated as new information about events and resources becomes available. The "last updated" date can be found at the top of this page. To check for an updated version, simply click on the original link that was sent to you.
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A Note on Photos & Videos
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Most of the photos shared in this packet can be found on images.nasa.gov, which you can find other NASA centers images as well. While there are several historic videos, interviews, and documentaries in the "Videos" tab, there are a few YouTube playlists as well. Please also note that not everything can fit in one category easily. For example, photos of astronauts are often while they are at the Lunar Landing Research Facility or other training sites. Visit the NASA Image and Video Library
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A Note on Technical Documents
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There are about 4,500 documents from the Apollo-Langley era made publicly available through the NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS). Not all of these documents are technical reports. Several documents on the Center's role in the Apollo program are highlighted on the "Documents" tab, as well as some prepared searches with regards to the center or people who worked at Langley.
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Helpful search terms include "Apollo Lunar Module," "Apollo Lunar Landing," "Apollo 11," "Apollo X1" and "Apollo Mission" when restricting the Center to "Langley Research Center" in the advanced search options.
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NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) provides access to aerospace-related citations, full-text online documents, images, and videos. The types of information included are: conference papers, journal articles, meeting papers, patents, research reports, images, movies, and technical videos – scientific and technical information (STI) created or funded by NASA.
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Visit NTRS
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