It’s easy to forget that the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the moon for nearly a dozen years.. Via DIY PhotographyRead More Just the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter…shot from the moon
Congratulations to the Chinese for the success of their Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission! The complexity of landing a robot on the moon and returning it safely to Earth is enormous. In contrast to the Apollo series of missions, which launched and returned inside of a week, Chang’e took a week to get to…Read More Chang’e 5!
With engineering, courage, and leadership, we can do amazing things.Read More Happy Apollo 11 Day!
Andrew McCarthy has an amazing and impressive photographs of the moon on Instagram. To call these photographs is somewhat provocative. In his trilogy, Ansel Adams focuses (sorry! Not sorry) on the camera, the negative, and the print. In The Negagive, he specifically discusses exposing film to light in controlled ways that caused chemical reactions on…Read More 100,00 Moon Shots
Today is the 50th Anniversary of “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” It’s an event worth celebrating, in the same way we celebrate Yuri’s Night. The holy days — the holidays — that we celebrate say a great deal about us. They shape who we are. The controversies that emerge…Read More Happy Apollo Day!
Congratulations to the Hayabusa2 mission team, who flew to an asteroid, dropped multiple rovers, an impactor and a separate camera satellite to observe the impactor. The Hayabusa2 then flew around, to the far side of the asteroid to avoid ejecta from the impactor. In a few weeks, Hayabusa2 will probably land, collect more samples and…Read More Hayabusa!
I had not seen this amazing picture of Harrison Schmitt near Shorty Crater. Via Astronomy Picture of the Day. If you enjoy these, Full Moon is a gorgeous collection of meticulously scanned Apollo images. There are various editions; I encourage you to get the 11″x11″ one, not the 8×8.Read More 45 Years
This video is really amazingly inspiring: Not only does it show more satellites than I’ve ever seen in a single frame of video, but the rocket that took them up was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation, who managed to launch not only the largest satellite constellation ever, but had room for a few…Read More More Satellites Than You Can Shake a Stick At
When you were growing up, 2014 was the future. And it’s become cliche to bemoan that we don’t have the flying cars we were promised, but did get early delivery on a dystopian surveillance state. So living here in the future, I just wanted to point out how cool it is that you can detect…Read More The Future Is So Cool
July 20, 1969. I’ve blogged about it before. There are people who can write eloquently about events of such significance. I am not one of them. I hope that doesn’t stand in the way of folks remembering the amazing accomplishment that the Apollo program was.Read More #Apollo45