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posted 07-20-2010 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dwight   Click Here to Email Dwight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today 41 years ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon.

To all the 400,000 people who helped make that event a reality I thank you.


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posted 07-20-2010 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where were you 41 years ago today?

I was at the NASA news center in Cape Canaveral following the landing. As a 19 year-old college reporter I didn't have the funds to go to both the Cape and Houston, so I covered it from the Cape, as did a fair number of others, especially foreign reporters.

The news center had a few television sets, "squawk boxes" with commentary and voice transmissions from mission control, and tables piled with press releases and voice transcripts. There were also long tables with some typewriters and telephones.

The atmosphere was electric for the landing since this was the first of a kind event. I remember total silence in the news center, except for the mission commentary, for the last few minutes.

"Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." After those historic words from Neil Armstrong, there was a collective sigh of relief. I remember thinking we had just seen Neil and Buzz in their spacesuits here four days before walking out of the MSOB, and now they were on the Moon.

While we all waited for the first steps, there was less excitement than for the landing, especially with the time lag between the landing and the first EVA.

Everyone was trying to hear the first words but the transmission was clipped and a little garbled as we heard it then. We waited for the voice transcripts to come out to verify what was said, and even now 41 years later there is still controversy about whether Neil said "a man."

Among my prized possessions from that trip are the original voice transcripts from the NASA news center of the landing and first steps.


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posted 07-20-2010 10:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I was almost 5 years old -- I don't remember anything from the mission first-hand, but I do vividly remember my Mom waking me up and hustling me into the living room to watch the first moonwalk.

I didn't really know what was going on, and I probably figured men must walk on the moon all the time, but I remember the event because everyone made such a big deal about it.


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posted 07-20-2010 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was six years away from being born, so I don't remember the events of that night.

However, the moon landing has been a topic of much conversation with my 7 year old daughter. I remember one night we were sitting outside and looking at the moon, and she asked me if people had gone to the moon. I told her that yes, several people had gone to the moon. She wanted to learn more, so we talked for about 45 minutes. Now she knows that the second man on the moon was NOT Buzz Lightyear!

I hope we can go back, if not in my lifetime, in my daughters.


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posted 07-20-2010 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ivorwilliams     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was 8 years old at the time of the 1st moon landing. I was allowed to stay up and watch the historic events unfold. On launch day, I can also recall my dad bringing home two big Revell kits of the Apollo spacecraft for me to make while the mission was taking place.


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posted 07-20-2010 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was 9 years old living in Palermo Sicily. The coverage was sporadic, and I remember watching the Italian version of Walter Cronkite listening into an ear piece and giving a play-by-play of the landing. I didn't get to see much of the EVA, but the subsequent issues of Life, Time and various Italian publications with their pictures and descriptions are what hooked me on space exploration. The hook has been there ever since.


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posted 07-20-2010 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had just turned nine years and was woken up in the early hours to watch on our black and white tv.

Luckily though we had started the school holidays so it wasn't so bad being up late/early?


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posted 07-20-2010 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was nine, and our family was in the midst of our most significant family vacation ever: five weeks touring Canada and the USA with our tent-trailer.

On the night of the landing, we had rented a motel room to watch the moon landing and moon walks. This was a big deal!


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posted 07-20-2010 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A night to remember. I was staying at my fiance's home that weekend [we celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary last May] and her parents were totally uninterested in the moon landing. However, we managed to watch it and the tension when they landed was tremendous. In the middle of the night was able to switch tv on and catch the EVA but had to be very quiet not to wake them. Oh those were the days my friends.


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posted 07-20-2010 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was 13 and watching with my parents. We had our not-to-whippy black-and-white TV tuned to NBC. The transmission from the moon was so ratty (exacerbated by our ratty TV) that we couldn't tell what was going on until Armstrong said "One small step...". Shortly afterward we were able to make out some ghostly astronaut forms in the images and figure out a little of what was going on...


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posted 07-20-2010 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was 16 years old and watched every minute I could from launch to splash down and afterwards.


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posted 07-20-2010 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was 13 years old, curled up in a modern style gold chair in south Florida, just south of the cape. Everyone else had gone to bed. I recall being very excited during the landing, but the first step on the moon was not that big of a deal for me. I drifted off and on out of a light sleep during the EVA; the landing was the big deal for me.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-21-2010 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Telegraph: Apollo 11 moon landing film has sound restored

This split screen montage combines footage from four different cameras used by NASA to capture the moment Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20 1969.

...filmmaker Stephen Slater, working with archive film company Footagevault, has united the visual material with recordings of the original mission audio.


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posted 07-21-2010 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is fantastic video! Very interesting to hear what the flight controllers were going through during the moments before landing, now in real time along with the events that took place.

I think when I start teaching History in the next few years I'll use footage like that to show students what it was like.


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posted 07-21-2010 01:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Opa says this was an important thing 41 years ago, I can't wait to grow up and see what the latest version must look like. Can I go for a ride?"

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-15-2014 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kennedy Space Center will virtually re-stage the launch of Apollo 11 45 years years later on July 16, 2014. See Twitter and Facebook:
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to have social media during the Apollo days? Tune in tomorrow to find out.


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posted 07-15-2014 08:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ea757grrl   Click Here to Email ea757grrl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition, if I may plug such things, I'm working with Bobby Ellerbee of the "Eyes of a Generation" website and Facebook feed. Starting July 16 I'll be contributing daily essays on different aspects of how the television networks in the United States covered the Apollo 11 mission. Bobby will post these to the "Eyes of a Generation" Facebook feed, along with some rare and really cool behind-the-scenes photos he's collected over the years. I'm proud to be contributing these pieces, and I hope y'all will look "Eyes of a Generation" up on Facebook and join along. It'll be a lot of fun.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-16-2014 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Expedition 40 commander Steve Swanson and flight engineer Reid Wiseman paid tribute to Apollo 11's 45th anniversary from the International Space Station:


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posted 07-16-2014 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tempus Fugit...

I can hardly believe we didn't have better Moon and Mars globes in those days. Medio the 1960s Replogle started to produce the well-known Moon globes and in 1971 the first COTS Mars globe.

In this photo of the 1968 Replogle Moon globe there's only an "Apollo Landing Zone" as Apollo 11 still had to be launched... It took until 1980 before the first decent Mars globe became available.

Lunar Module 5

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posted 07-16-2014 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar Module 5   Click Here to Email Lunar Module 5     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the launch; a work colleague and I sneaked onto YouTube and watched the count and launch at the exact time (plus 45 years) and sat there together spellbound — he had watched it 45 years ago and remembered the event well.


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posted 07-18-2014 12:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NPR: Neil Whosis? What You Don't Know About The 1969 Moon Landing[/URL]
Forty-five years ago, this week, 123 million of us watched Neil and Buzz step onto the moon. In 1969, we numbered about 200 million, so more than half of America was in the audience that day. Neil Armstrong instantly became a household name, an icon, a hero. And then — and this, I bet, you didn't know — just as quickly, he faded away.

"Whatever Happened to Neil Whosis?" asked the Chicago Tribune in 1974.

This is a missing chapter in the space exploration story. We like to think that after Apollo 11, the first duo on the moon became legendary. We know the names Aldrin and Armstrong now (or, at least many of us do), and we imagine they've been honored and admired all this time, the way we honor our favorite presidents, athletes, and war heroes. But that's not what happened.

In his new book, "No Requiem for the Space Age," describes how only a year after the landing, a vast majority of Americans couldn't remember Neil Armstrong's name...

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-18-2014 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
David Meerman Scott (cS: freshpot), co-author of Marketing the Moon, has contributed an essay to the Huffington Post on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11.
The Apollo missions were an incredible engineering feat. To deliver 24 men to the moon, 12 of whom ventured to its surface, with 1960s technology, is even more remarkable from our vantage point four decades later.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-19-2014 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Girl Scouts have paid tribute to the 45th anniversary by "sending" a Girl Scout Cookie to the moon...

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-20-2014 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center video release
A New Look at the Apollo 11 Landing Site

Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, a little after 4:00 in the afternoon Eastern Daylight Time. The lunar module, nicknamed Eagle and flown by Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, touched down near the southern rim of the Sea of Tranquility, one of the large, dark basins that contribute to the Man in the Moon visible from Earth.

Armstrong and Aldrin spent about two hours outside the LM setting up experiments and collecting samples. At one point, Armstrong ventured east of the LM to examine a small crater, dubbed Little West, that he'd flown over just before landing.

The trails of disturbed regolith created by the astronauts' boots are still clearly visible in photographs of the landing site taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) narrow-angle camera (LROC) more than four decades later.

LROC imagery makes it possible to visit the landing site in a whole new way by flying around a three-dimensional model of the site. LROC scientists created the digital elevation model using a stereo pair of images. Each image in the pair shows the site from a slightly different angle, allowing sophisticated software to infer the shape of the terrain, similar to the way that left and right eye views are combined in the brain to produce the perception of depth.

The animator draped an LROC photograph over the terrain model. He also added a 3D model of the LM descent stage — the real LM in the photograph looks oddly flat when viewed at an oblique angle.

Although the area around the site is relatively flat by lunar standards, West Crater (the big brother of the crater visited by Armstrong) appears in dramatic relief near the eastern edge of the terrain model. Ejecta from West comprises the boulders that Armstrong had to avoid as he searched for a safe landing site.

Apollo 11 was the first of six increasingly ambitious crewed lunar landings. The exploration of the lunar surface by the Apollo astronauts, when combined with the wealth of remote sensing data now being returned by LRO, continues to inform our understanding of our nearest neighbor in space.

John K. Rochester

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posted 07-22-2014 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The other evening on our local news station WHAM 13 the anchor had a story whereby he stated that Buzz Aldrin was the last remaining living member of the Apollo 11 crew. I called to have them correct that statement... they never did. Pretty sad.

David Carey

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posted 08-12-2014 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
August 12, 1969 - 45 years ago today:

The Apollo 11 mission and quarantine period were over, and one of the first pieces of public business was a luncheon at the Rice Hotel in Houston - "Salute to the Apollo 11 Team".

Captured from about 00:59:00 to the end in this silent archive footage, the event was a way to thank the array of NASA and contractor workers behind Apollo 11's achievement.

A fellow cSer’s father obtained two crew-signed menus and other memorabilia while working the event as part of NASA’s Public Affairs Office. I’m honored to now have one of these signed menus along with an unsigned menu and Rice Hotel ashtray, all now assembled in shadow-box form with a BIG patch and video stills.

I like that the team came first, before the NYC/Chicago/LA ticker tape parades, State Dinner, and “Giant Leap” world tour that followed. It must have been an exhausting finish to an already-exhausting period for the crew and their families.

Pages 228-229 in a USGS historical writeup give an amusing perspective from luncheon attendee and lunar geologist Gerald Schaber. In part:

At the end of the crew’s remarks, someone said that the crew and their wives would be willing to stay up on the dais for a few minutes to sign some autographs. Well, that was a big mistake!

All of a sudden, this rather sophisticated and well-dressed group of 400 or so, slowly—then quickly—stormed the dais with their programs in hand. In fact, the program even had space marked for autographs on the back page!

Here were people who lived with the Space Program around Houston every day—and some of them actually lived among the astronauts in Clear Lake City and Nassau Bay. Nevertheless, this large group of people suddenly became possessed with the need to shove their way up to the dais and get those autographs of the Apollo 11 crew and their wives.”

I will admit to being one of those “possessed” people that afternoon. “I politely” shoved my way through the now scary elite of Houston society, and finally got the autographs of at least the three crewmembers on my program from that evening. I don’t think any of the planners of this sophisticated affair ever dreamed that the autograph session would turn out to be more or less out of control.

Some of the controlled mayhem can be seen from 01:03:30-01:05:00 in the archive footage, source of the video captures added to the shadow box.


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posted 10-11-2014 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skythings   Click Here to Email Skythings     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tonight, I was searching the web looking for that iconic image of the three Apollo 11 crew members inside the Quarantine Airstream chatting with President Nixon just after recovery aboard the U.S.S. Hornet.

In 2010, I was privileged to visit the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. One of the highlights was standing beside the Quarantine Airstream exactly where President Nixon would have stood speaking with the astronauts after their successful mission to the moon. For some reason I so vividly remember that moment as an 8 year boy watching on black and white TV.

I stood there in front of the actual unit for 30 minutes occasionally chatting with other folks stopping to look. I was saddened that so few people I spoke with even recalled the event. I expect they thought I was a nut bar because of my enthusiasm of where I was standing. It would be nice if the Smithsonian had that image on display with the Quarantine Airstream.

I am framing that image to be one of the backdrop images in my space collection cabinet.

I found this interesting website tonight, RocketSTEM, which included images of the entire mission, which I have never seen before and thought perhaps I would share it.

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