Nothing in history has gripped the American imagination quite like space exploration. The Space Age, kicked into high speed during the Cold War, is one of the most definitive eras in our history, marked by some of the greatest technological and scientific accomplishments in the world. To this day, the US has remained the first and only country to put a man on the moon.
The moon landing was one of many missions conducted by NASA’s Apollo program from 1969 to 1972. The program began in early 1960 during President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration. Driven by political pressure to surpass the Soviet Union in arms and technology, Eisenhower’s successor, John F. Kennedy, turned his eyes to the moon: In 1961, he announced Apollo’s new, highly ambitious goal of sending a man to the moon and returning him safely to Earth before the decade’s end.
As history tells us, Apollo accomplished this and much more. The program conducted a total of 18 missions in its lifetime, 11 of which were successful manned flights into space and six of which were lunar expeditions. The moon landing occurred on July 16, 1969, as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin famously stepped off Apollo 11 with “one small step for man, one giant step for mankind.” Technologies used by Apollo, such as computer designs and missile programs, spurred further advancement for decades to come, and the first photos of Earth from space became symbolically significant to the growing environmental movement in the ‘70s.
The most lasting legacy of the Apollo program, however, has been its instrumental role in defining American progress. By achieving some of the most significant milestones in human history, Apollo cemented the US’s status as a nation of pioneers and innovators, emboldening Americans’ sense of hope and possibility. As Kennedy famously said in a speech shortly after announcing the goal of landing on the moon:
“But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic?”
Starting this year in October 2018 and until December 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program. To honor this and a legendary history of space travel, Alpha Industries has launched a brand new collection of jackets inspired by NASA and the Apollo missions. The NASA collection features five new pieces, most of which have already sold out during our Black Friday sale but are now being relaunched due to popular demand.
Among these is the limited edition MA-1 Hooded NASA Flight Jacket (available in women’s), featuring NASA and American flag patches on the chest and left sleeve and a removable double-layer fleece hood. Also back in stock is the N-2B NASA Parka with NASA patch details, made to effectively trap heat in the cold winter months, as well as the N-3B Slim Fit Parka and a women’s version. Other bestselling pieces in this collection include NASA and Apollo MA-1 and L-2B flight jackets for more lightweight options.
The newest designs are limited edition and exclusive to this collection, and they’re apt to run out due to popularity! Grab your favorite to celebrate NASA’s achievements and a uniquely American legacy.
To shop the collection, click here.
Written by: Aiya Madarang