Were the astronauts of the 1960s human pioneers or Cold War warriors? Undoubtedly the prevailing narrative has been one of stoical men strapped into tin boxes and flung into an adventure whose dangers and discomforts most of us could barely imagine. A glamour clung to the Apollo astronauts, who were mythologised before they even flew. Icarus-like, they lived hard and dabbled with mortality. The mythology of the Apollo era is teased apart in the first section of our 'Uncharted Constellations' anthology, titled Moon Warriors.

Red Moon Day

Today marks 50 years since three astronauts blasted off for the Moon on a Saturn V rocket. As if to mark the occasion, tonight’s skies are offering us the red-daubed Moon of a partial lunar eclipse. Perfect opportunity for some spectacular Moon-watching in your own back-garden.