Sunday, July 20, 2008

A Man on the Moon

I'll write a longer post tomorrow of the next day, but I've got to put something up now. 39 years ago, at 02:56 GMT 21st of July, 1969 a man, Neil Armstrong, stepped on the Moon.

"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind"

If thinking about that doesn't make you pause, then think about it again.

Read more about the mission here on Kennedy Space Center's site and Wikipedia.

During the last few days there have been some amazing results from some newer missions:
The EPOXI mission has video showing the Moon orbiting the Earth. I know that we all know this logically, but here you can actually SEE the moon moving!

For more details, see the Bad Astronomy Blog - which is actually very good.


Another space probe, called SELENE, has taken pictures of the moon which show debris from a later moon landing, Apollo 15.

Last link for now - VERY high resolution images of Tycho, one the largest craters on the Moon taken by SELENE,


Think about it again when you look up at the moon. 39 years ago there was someone there!

-- Robert