Drive 30 miles south of Houston in the dead of summer, and it's easy to imagine what it must have been like back in 1963, cruising along with your young wife, hearts pounding with anticipation as you close in on your incredibly bright future as one of America's chosen astronauts.
A year before Neil Armstrong first stepped from the lunar lander in 1968, Stanley Kubrick released the groundbreaking film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It promised not a few tentative steps in space, but a routine passenger flight set to a waltz.
About 50 miles east of Flagstaff, Ariz., in the middle of a vast, flat, scrubby plain, there's an enormous rocky bowl in the ground — more than two and a half miles around and more than 500 feet deep. Meteor Crater was created 50,000 years ago when an asteroid smashed into Earth.
An exhaustive, three-year search for some tapes that contained the original footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk has concluded that they were probably destroyed during a period when NASA was erasing old magnetic tapes and reusing them to record satellite data."