Fifty years ago, we put a man on the moon. NASA sent a rocket — lined with hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells, three spacecraft, and just as many astronauts — careening toward a distant satellite nearly 240,000 miles away, effectively ending the Space Race and uniting a fractured America. It remains one of the biggest achievements in human history, one grounded in decade’s worth of ingenuity and built upon an idea many believed to be a literal moonshot. In this series, we’ll explore the technological advances that made it all possible, their influence on everything from pop culture to power tools, and what’s next for everyone’s favorite celestial body. After all, Apollo 11 was only the beginning.