Posts Tagged 'Apollo'

Apollo 1 – A Short History

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Found a short history of the ill-fated Apollo 1 mission. Three astronauts, Command Pilot Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward H. White II, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee, perished on the launchpad in a fire on January 27, 1967. There are rarely seen photos, some which people may find upsetting (charred spacesuits).

Read the history HERE.

New Photos From The Moon’s Surface

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Gizmodo reports –

In 2013, China became the third country to land a vehicle on the moon. Now, a trove of photos from Chang’e-3’s historic expedition—35 Gigabytes in all—are easily searchable on the web. These are our first fresh images taken from the surface of Earth’s nearest neighbor in forty years.

Continue reading HERE.

Direct links to the photos HERE and HERE

 

Apollo Photos Now On Flickr

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Last week NASA posted nearly 14,000 high res photos taken by the astronauts during the Apollo moon missions. It’s a goldmine for space geeks.

See the pics HERE.

OMG – NASA’s Original Operator’s Manual For The Lunar Rover

 

LRV-sNASA has a pdf of the original Lunar Roving Vehicle Operations Manual. It covers operation and maintenance of the vehicles that the Apollo astronauts drove on the moon. Very cool!

See the 200+ page pdf HERE.

Correction : THERE ARE NO BAGS OF PUKE ON THE MOON

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From Slate.com –

Correction, Dec. 1, 2014: In addition to incorrectly stating that used emesis bags were left on the moon, this post also misidentified astronauts’ sleep periods on the moon as “naps.” The astronauts slept for periods up to eight hours. This post also misstated that a Slatecommenter said the emesis bags were empty. The commeter said the bags might be empty.

Read more about it HERE.

A Few Rarely Seen Images From The Apollo Program

apollo-sSee all the pictures HERE.

 

First Advert To Be Placed On Moon In 2015

LUNAR_DREAM2-sAccording to TheVerge –

Japanese beverage maker Otsuka is sending a 1 kilogram titanium can filled with powdered sports drink and children’s dreams to the moon. The specially designed canister, which contains a shipment of Otsuka’s Pocari Sweat powder, will mark a disturbing new frontier for humanity: the first commercial product delivered to another world for marketing purposes. The canister will be carried to the lunar surface aboard the first planned private moon-landing mission, set to take place in October 2015. Otsuka says it hopes that the stunt will inspire young people to become astronauts, so they can travel the 380,000 kilometers (236,121 miles) to our closest celestial neighbor, crack open the can, and consume the powder inside.

Continue reading and watch video HERE.

 

Neil Armstrong – A Short 1970 Interview on BBC [video]

Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, died today.

The Moon Smells Like Gunpowder – Who Knew?

According to Gizmodo –

What does the moon smell like? Gunpowder, apparently. Artist Sue Corke has created a scratch ‘n sniff print of the moon, working from an Apollo 16 astronaut’s memories—which you can buy for between $55 to $428. Charles M. Duke Jnr worked with flavorist Steven Pearce from Omega Ingredients to get the smell downpat, which was then turned into an ink by The Aroma Co. for Sue Corke’s print. Supposedly it’s a well-known fact amongst astronauts that the moon has the faint odor of gunpowder, presumably because of the basalt rock which came from the lava flows thousands of years before us. While there’s no air on the moon to breathe, the rocks they always collect up there can be smelled once aboard the spacecraft. The prints themselves are pretty pricey though—there are 300 prints, so it’s quite limited edition, and they cost between $55 to $428.

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New Photos Of Lunar Landing Sites

lro_apollo11siteNASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is currently orbiting the moon to map the surface. It has sent back images of the Apollo landing sites. The images are low resolution now – later images will be twice the resolution. I can’t wait.

Read more HERE.

Moon Mission Remembered – The Big Picture

launchThe Big Picture gathered some great pictures for the 40th. anniversary of Apollo 11. The mission to the moon launched on July 16,1969. 40 years ago – hard to believe!

Check out the pics HERE.


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