In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, here is a collection of past OPN content related to optics in the Apollo program, and to optics and photonics in space more generally.


A Historical Glimpse


B. Baigrie, “Galileo's Lunar Landscape” (September 2001)



Optics and Apollo

P. Daukantas, “Lidar in Space: From Apollo to the 21st Century” (June 2009)

P. Daukantas, “Optics in the Apollo Program” (June 2015)

B.J. Hagerty, “OSA Centennial Snapshots: Lasers, Lunar Missions and Legacies” (June 2016)


Other Stories of Optical Technologies and Space

J. Hecht, “Saving Hubble” (March 2013)

J. Hecht, “Exoplanets: Getting a Closer Look” (November 2014)

D. Cornwell, “Space-Based Laser Communications Break Threshold” (May 2016)

I. Khan, B. Heim, A. Neuzner and C Marquardt, “Satellite-Based QKD” (February 2018)

P. Daukantas, “CubeSats: Tiny Platforms for Orbiting Optics” (January 2019)

B. Norris and J. Bland-Hawthorn, “Astrophotonics: The Rise of Integrated Photonics in Astronomy” (May 2019)


After Images


Earth from the Moon” (June 2006)

Blood Moon” (September 2018)