The Eagle has landed
21 July, 2009 Leave a comment
Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong spoke those words soon after the Eagle landing craft touched down on the moon – surely the greatest triumph for mankind, especially so given technology of the day. In addition to Armstrong, Apollo 11 also carried Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin (who also walked on the moon) and Michael Collins (who remained in orbit).
I wasn’t yet born in 1969 so can’t relate to what the event meant at the time, but space has been a fascination for me for a long time – I still have my favourite childhood books on Space and NASA and went on to study astronomy at University. Lately, I’ve been enjoying reading all the moon landing anniversary articles, checking out the photos again, watching the cleaned NASA footage and listening to (more senior!) colleagues relive their memories. Today, 40 years ago, was an incredible day, and afterall, who since then hasn’t dreamed of being an astronaut, blasting into space or walking on the moon?!
So props to NASA for winning the race and putting a man (several in fact) on the moon. Super stuff.
Here’s some link goodness for your enjoyment today,
- Time.com: The 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing
- LA Times: ‘One small step for man,’ one massive rocket project for engineers
- AOL News: 11 Things You May Not Know About Apollo 11
- NASA: Apollo 40th Anniversary Features, including,
- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter sees Apollo Landing Sites – awesome!
- Life.com: Apollo 11 Scenes from the Moon – photo gallery
- Wikipedia: Apollo 11
- Astronomy Picture of the Day: Jul 19 – From the Moon to the Earth
- Astronomy Picture of the Day: Jul 20 – Onto a New World
- Twitter.com/AP11_EAGLE – Eagle events from 1969
- Twitter.com/apollo11live – live radio traffic from 1969
And finally some homage from Google via custom logos for today,