Gift Guide: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing

Inspiring items to commemorate one of our greatest cosmic advancements

In July 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins boarded the Saturn V SA-506 rocket headed from Earth to the moon. On 20 July, Armstrong and Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module on the moon’s surface and took a mid-afternoon stroll—making them the first humans ever to set foot on the moon’s dry, rocky and very distant surface. Our collective obsession with …

Revisiting the New Yorker’s Coverage of the Apollo 11 Landing

In the Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker’s 26 July 1969 issue, reporters visited eight moon-landing parties—and documented the excitement that unfolded. From 50th Street and Sixth Avenue to the headquarters of NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, audiences tuned in to the incredible quest and watched anxiously as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ventured into the unknown. Spliced with footage from the …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

A graphic novel about LSD, landing on the moon with an AR app, sea versus space and more from around the web

The Elusive Smile in Art History It’s a common misconception that the reason subjects in portraits of yesteryear didn’t smile is because of unappealing looking teeth. In fact, the reason is quite logical: smiling for hours on end is awkward and straining for models. In an essay on the topic, writer Nicholas Jeeves says, “A smile is like a blush. It is a response, not …