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Nat Geo 125th Anniversary Celebration Reaches Space

National Geographic and NASA have crossed paths and worked together many times over several decades of exploration.

The astronauts of Apollo 11 chronicled their adventure in the pages of the December 1969 National Geographic Magazine. (Photo courtesy NGS)
The astronauts of Apollo 11 chronicled their adventure in the pages of the December 1969 National Geographic Magazine. (Photo courtesy NGS)

Most notably, after becoming the first human beings to land on the moon, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins chronicled their adventure in the December 1969 issue of National Geographic Magazine (read it, see photos).

Now, orbiting miles above the Earth in the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Kevin Ford celebrates our shared passion for exploration and sends his best wishes for a happy 125th anniversary for the Society in the video above.

And if watching this video makes you wish you could hear more from astronauts in space, you’re in luck.

NASA recently hosted a Google+ Hangout with the International Space Station. Live from 240 miles above Earth, Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn answered questions and spoke with other Earthlings still on the ground.

125 years after the founding of National Geographic, it’s clear every day there’s more to explore than ever.

[Updated 12:49 pm ET 2/22/2013]

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Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.

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