Saturday, July 18, 2009

Apollo Redux

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed Apollo landing sites. These aren't even at the full resolution that the LRO's imaging system is capable of, but clearly show LEM descent modules, scientific instruments, and even, in one case, a trail left by the astronauts. First time these sites have been seen in forty years, and a fine reminder that the moonlandings we're celebrating actually happened and left artifacts that may, in the Lunar vacuum, last hundreds of thousands of years.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Apollo 11 - The Big Picture

A terrific set of high resolution photographs of the Apollo 11 mission. No, I don't think I'll ever get tired of this.


Okay, so this iPhone app for applying hobo signs in augmented reality is golden vapourware right now, but it's such a great idea someone is bound to build it. Meanwhile, there must be a zillion fictional uses for variations on this theme.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Road To The Stars

A historical document fallen through a wormhole from an alternate universe: 1957 Soviet film from director Pavel Klushantsev, which starts out as a biopic of space pioneer Tsiolkvskiy, and in its final section ( around 24 minutes in) depicts in amazingly realistic detail the launch of the first man into space, construction of the first space station in orbit around Earth, the first manned landing on the Moon, and glimpses of expeditions to Mars, Venus, and Saturn. May have been an influence on Kubrick - some shots in Road to the Stars are pretty much duplicated in 2001.

(Link via Kosmograd)

Russian moon-lander drops towards Clavius Crater.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Let's Get Away From This Model Of Space Flight

Because it's like building an ocean liner to cross the Atlantic and setting fire to it when you reach New York.

Found While Mindlessly Trawling The Internet

Tang Fei, 17, describes the electric shock therapy he was tricked into having to cure internet 'addiction' .

Twenty-first century version of this.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tranquility Base

An interactive page on the NASA website, with panoramic views around the Apollo 11 landing site. No, I haven't been saturated by the coverage yet.
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