The space race to the Moon
On 20 July 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the Moon. But why had the race to the Moon become such a focus, and how did the Americans get there first?
Explore objects from our Collection and the stories behind them to discover more about the enthralling history of space exploration.
Getting directions, watching television, monitoring the weather, conducting scientific research—our lives have been fundamentally changed by thousands of satellites in orbit around Earth.