Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Launch of Apollo 11. At 9:32 a.m. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins left the Earth on a great adventure to the moon. Four days later the Eagle landed at Tranquility Base, and mankind first set foot on another world.
NASA has prepared an interactive web page for the Apollo 11 landing site in celebration, linked below. How are you celebrating this special day?
Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Commemorative Page [NASA]
There’s also a great website to follow step by step (or burst by burst) the whole trip (‘live’ communications included):
I am going to celebrate by listening to Buzz Aldrin’s ‘Rocket Experience’ on loop. Finally the union of space travel and hip-hop we have all been waiting for.
Follow along (timeshifted forty years) on twitter: @ApolloPlus40
They should have released the movie “Moon” today instead of Friday. It would have been great for marketing.
When are they going to send someone to walk on the moon again? It’s been 40 years!
I’m here at work at the Omnimax in St. Louis, getting ready to watch “Walking on the Moon.” We’ve carted it out just for this weekend, and I’m very hyped.
Have you heard about Rob & Brian’s Funky Summer of Soul on wxci.org? Wasn’t the landing faked?
You know what is weird? That photo, one that I grew up with is the first time I have doubted the moon landing occurred. Seriously. Look at that photo and ask yourself the question, “How far off is the horizon on the moon?” If your response is 20 feet, then you are fine. If your response is more, well, then you might start wondering what the frak is going on.
@Solai The horizon is going to be closer, due to the moon’s smaller size (I want to say six miles, but I have a feeling I’m figuring wrong.) More importantly, the lack of atmospheric perspective (the blurring of distant objects) is going to make everything look preternaturally crisp.