I really like this picture. Not only does it show surprising detail despite the dust storm, but look at those moons!
The Eagle landed 49 years ago today, and two humans walked on a celestial body for the first time.
I have a fleeting, four-year-old’s memory of my dad waking me up (I must have been napping, as we were in CDT) to watch the moon landing. I don’t remember anything about the landing itself, just my dad waking me to see it. But that’s special enough, I think.
Here’s a nifty 360 of the interior of the Command Module that carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon that day.
Lest it seem Generation Mars is mired in nostalgia, with all the recent Apollo posts, here’s Blue Origin pushing to new heights earlier today.
This article is actually a couple years old. But if you haven’t seen it, it’s a fun read.
Keep in mind that this software was literally woven into the Apollo Guidance Computer’s (ACG’s) memory by hand. Wire by wire, the 0’s and 1’s were stitched together to get us to the Moon.
Programmers, at least the ones I like to hang out with, have always had a sense of humor in the commenting of their code. It’s nice to see the programming team for Apollo was no exception.
49 years ago today, Apollo 11 lifted off. It’s been too long.
“Part of the reason for the clumsiness is that, while you might weigh less on the Moon, your mass stays the same – and therefore inertia, which is a body’s resistance to changes in motion and is related to mass, not weight, also stays the same.”
A biopic of Neil Armstrong is coming in October, called “First Man”. It looks like the creative team is doing everything right. This could be really good.
“Jim and I have been spending a lot of time putting together an annotated script,” said Singer. “This is a book that will be published with the movie, and not only will it showcase beautiful stills from the film, which does look gorgeous, but beyond that we want to be very clear about what we fictionalized and when we diverged why it was we made that choice.”
After reviewing an early version of the script, Neil Armstrong’s elder son told the filmmakers behind Universal’s “First Man” that, when it came to portraying his father’s astronaut career, “you mess with canonical history at your own peril.”