Category: space


Risk and Luck

The Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs were deeply complex and continuous exercises in risk management. To accomplish so much, in less than a decade, took ingenuity, strong scientific discipline, a relentless test regimen, great...

Astronaut Bill Anders training in Iceland in 1967.

Apollo astronaut training in Iceland

In 1965 and 1967, two groups of Apollo astronauts traveled to Iceland to study geology. Among the astronauts in the 1967 group were Neil Armstrong and Bill Anders. Bill was on the crew of...

Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

The first woman in Space

50 Years ago today, Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova made history and became the first woman ever fly in space, when she launched aboard the Vostok-6 capsule on June 16, 1963.

Sam Watson, Deputy Chief of Mission,
US Embassy in Iceland

Opening of Apollo Space Exhibit

Sam Watson, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America, Reykjavik Thank you, Sigrún. And thank you Örlygur who conceived this exhibition. Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for inviting me to...