20 July 2009

Fly me to the moon...

1969 was a monumental year for the world. I was born! Oh yeah, and I heard some guys landed on the moon or something too.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 first manned moon landing and NASA are doing a couple of cool things in honour of the occasion.

The most high profile thing they've done is re-release digitally enhanced film footage which is pretty nifty to watch. Unless you're a conspiracy theorist, then you're probably suffering from a frenzied bout of hypertension right now. Sucks to be you, huh?

Would be great to have seen new footage too...except some spoon in NASA managed to tape over it all. Seems the tapes were just considered a backup for the all important live broadcast and no one thought to love them and hug them for being something special. Come on guys, it's not exactly rocket science...oh, erm...

That's not all they've being doing though. NASA for the last few days have been tweeting live the entire mission & landing. Check out @apolloeleven on Twitter to join in on the action. Ok, maybe action isn't exactly the best word but it's good, clean geeky fun at any rate.

Google are getting in on the act too. You've heard of Google Earth? Pah, that's nothing! Google Moon is the future. Find out just how small an area was actually explored by the Apollo missions. No wonder they want to go back.

The photo above is one of the Crew Earth Observations Team top ten pictures taken from the International Space Station (ISS). Just one of many free photo's available from the NASA website. Well worth checking out.

5 comments:

  1. Aaah it was also the year my sister was born (big birthdays for you both this year!). Mum always tells the story of how she stayed up to watch it and fell asleep on the floor, heavily pregnant, and her then husband didn't wake her, just left her to sleep on the floor!

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  2. Hahaha! That's a brilliant story *giggles*

    And yeah, had the big 0 back in May. Weird, logic says I should be getting older and wiser but my brain just says 'give more cake!' ;)

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  3. Great post... I was born a bit, maybe more than a bit before 69, but remember it all.

    As for the wiser as getting older.. never. I am still waiting for the wiser bit.

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  4. Welcome Vodka Logic *waves*

    And good to hear about the wiser stuff! A future filled with cake is much more appealing ;)

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