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1969: Astronauts Land On Idaho’s Craters Of The Moon

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CRATERS OF THE MOON NATIONAL MONUMENT
Astronauts Gene Cernan, left, and Joe Engle in Idaho in 1969.

This segment originally aired July 17, 2019.

In 1969, sending lunar astronauts to Idaho’s Craters of the Moon National Monument seemed like a no brainer. Its barren rock and surreal landscape were good practice for pilots headed to the moon. But it turns out NASA had a bigger goal in mind when it sent astronauts to Idaho. Idaho Matters explores a new documentary about the Gem State’s connection to the moon landings. We also take a listen to some of the moon landings — find out more here.

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Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.