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  • The Space History Sale (incredible auction on Appollo 11 anniversary!)

    07/08/2016 10:30:05 AM PDT · by bigbob · 6 replies
    Bohhams Auctions ^ | 7-6-16 | Bonhams
    "We are pleased to be presenting our eighth annual Space History Auction to take place this year on the 47th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, completed by Astronauts Neil Armstong and Buzz Aldrin during the Appollo 11 mission on July 20, 1069." (excerpt from the pdf auction catalog). More at the link.
  • Don Eyles Walks Us Through the Lunar Module Source Code

    07/06/2016 4:30:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    Hack A Day ^ | Jul 5, 2016 | Gregory L. Charvat
    A couple weeks ago I was at a party where out of the corner of my eye I noticed what looked like a giant phone book sitting open on a table. It was printed with perforated green and white paper bound in a binder who’s cover looked a little worse for the wear. I had closer look with my friend James Kinsey. What we read was astonishing; Program 63, 64, 65, lunar descent and landing. Error codes 1201, 1202. Comments printed in the code, code segments hastily circled with pen. Was this what we thought we were looking at? And...
  • The unrecognized decision that saved Apollo 13

    04/15/2016 5:23:58 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 138 replies
    BBC ^ | 14 Apr, 2016 | William Park
    While planning the lunar landings, Nasa had a decision to make: What route would they use to reach the Moon? It was one of many that needed to be made, but little did they know then, it would have an important effect of the survival of the ill-fated Apollo 13 crew. This Sunday, 17 April, marks the safe return of James Lovell, “Jack” Swigert and Fred Haise after almost 88 tense hours on board their critically wounded craft thanks to that stroke of luck. The drama started unfolding at almost 56 hours Ground Elapsed Time (GET), meaning it was the...
  • Lost Tapes Reveal Apollo Astronauts Heard Unexplained ‘Music’ On Far Side Of The Moon

    02/21/2016 10:04:16 AM PST · by PROCON · 130 replies
    HUFFPO ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Lee Speigel
    The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like radio transmissions coming through their headsets, they didn't know whether or not to report it to NASA, it's been revealed. It was 1969, two months before Apollo 11's historic first manned landing on the moon, when Apollo 10 entered lunar orbit, which included traversing the far side of the moon when all spacecraft are out of radio contact with Earth for about an hour and nobody on Earth can see or hear them. As far as the public knew, everything about the mission...
  • Apollo 14 Mission To Fra Mauro (1971)

    02/06/2016 1:07:43 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | NASA/JSC
    Apollo 14 Mission To Fra Mauro (1971) [documentary] Courtesy: NASA/JSC
  • Impact of Apollo 16's booster is spotted on the moon

    12/01/2015 4:26:06 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 83 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | December 1, 2015 | Cheyene MacDonald
    It was no accident that Nasa crashed one of its Apollo 16 rocket boosters onto the moon, but the researchers never intended to lose it. In April of 1972, the booster drifted off and was never seen again, unable to transmit tracking data and reveal its whereabouts because of a malfunction. Now, almost 44 years later, the crash site of the Saturn V stage-three booster has finally been located.
  • Smithsonian Seeking Space Fans to Retype Apollo Spacecraft Packing Lists

    11/15/2015 7:54:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies ^ | by Robert Z. Pearlman
    The Apollo Stowage Lists (ASL) were a product of the late 1960s and early 70s, which meant that for the better part of the decades that followed, they were limited to printed copies. Since the advent of the internet, NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston scanned the documents, but as images, the contents still could not be easily referenced by researchers and curators with regard to specific items. "They are extremely difficult to search or sort – whether by object name, part number, or spacecraft storage location, "Needell wrote in a blog entry announcing the transcription project on Thursday (Nov....
  • Artificial object in trans-lunar orbit to impact Earth on November 13 [FRIDAY!]

    11/03/2015 1:00:33 PM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies ^ | November 3, 2015 | by Bob King, Universe Today
    WT1190F observed on October 9, 2015 with the University of Hawaii 2.2 meter telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The object moves from left to right across the center of the field. Credit: B. Bolin, R. Jedicke, M. Micheli ================================================================================================================ Get ready for a man-made fireball. A object discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey on Oct 3rd temporarily designated WT1190F is predicted to impact the Earth about 60 miles (100 km) of the southern coast of Sri Lanka around 6:20 Universal Time (12:20 a.m CST) on November 13. The objects orbits Earth with a period of about three weeks. Because it...
  • Images From Apollo, Ahead of Tonight's Supermoon Eclipse

    09/27/2015 2:20:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies ^ | Sep. 27, 2015 | Alan Taylor
    Tonight, as the full Moon reaches its closest point to Earth, it will also be dimmed by a total lunar eclipse. This Supermoon eclipse will reach totality at 10:11 p.m Eastern Time, and will last one hour and 12 minutes. According to NASA, it will “be visible to North and South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific.”

    09/16/2015 8:28:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 246 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 16, 2015 | Milo Yiannopoulus
    Sex with robots will be ‘the norm’ in 50 years, say experts. Men are considering the prospect with curiosity and a sense of humour. But academics and feminists are terrified and calling for them to be banned. Let me tell you why. Who, or what, men have sex with is the basis of our civilisation. It is the driving force behind our greatest accomplishments. Men don’t compete for abstract pleasure: they compete to bag the best mate. The internet, the pyramids and the moon landings would not exist were it not for man’s desire to have sex with woman.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Earthrise

    09/06/2015 12:15:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | September 06, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's that rising over the edge of the Moon? Earth. About 47 years ago, in December of 1968, the Apollo 8 crew flew from the Earth to the Moon and back again. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were launched atop a Saturn V rocket on December 21, circled the Moon ten times in their command module, and returned to Earth on December 27. The Apollo 8 mission's impressive list of firsts includes: the first humans to journey to the Earth's Moon, the first to fly using the Saturn V rocket, and the first to photograph the Earth...
  • 'The Astronaut Wives Club' began with triteness and ended in ugliness

    08/21/2015 10:01:10 AM PDT · by Marcus · 32 replies
    Houston TV Examiner ^ | august 21, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The Astronaut Wives Club, the summer series from ABC that depicted the race to the moon as a kind of “Desperate Housewives of NASA” ended its run Thursday with the episode dealing with the Apollo moon landing and the epic adventure of Apollo 13. What began with soap opera triteness ended in a dash of ugliness. The episode sought to remind the viewer that not everyone regarded the moon landings with awe and wonder. Some reacted to the greatest technological feat in the history of humankind with rage.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apollo 17 at Shorty Crater

    08/02/2015 12:35:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    NASA ^ | August 02, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On the Moon, it is easy to remember where you parked. In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon in the Taurus-Littrow valley, while colleague Ronald Evans orbited overhead. This sharp image was taken by Cernan as he and Schmitt roamed the valley floor. The image shows Schmitt on the left with the lunar rover at the edge of Shorty Crater, near the spot where geologist Schmitt discovered orange lunar soil. The Apollo 17 crew returned with 110 kilograms of rock and soil samples, more than was returned...
  • Man on the Moon July 20, 1969-Remembering the "Magnificent Seven" Serbs in the Apollo Space Program

    07/23/2015 4:16:59 PM PDT · by Ravnagora · 8 replies ^ | July 21, 2015 | Tom Djurdjevich
    Aleksandra's Note: Many thanks to Tom Djurdjevich for this essay and reminder about the Serbs who were directly involved with the American Apollo Space Program. This makes me very proud to be an American Serb and I'm honored to call one of these gentlemen, NASA Project Coordinator David Vuich, a friend. David Vuich is one of our esteemed Serbian patriots here in America who was also very active in the "Mihailovich Monument in Washington, D.C. project" that was initiated in the mid 1970's. So glad that David Vuich is still going strong today. The Serbian Diaspora is very fortunate to...
  • 'Echoes of Apollo' is an action packed technothriller about the first space war

    06/27/2015 6:04:39 AM PDT · by Marcus · 4 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 27, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    “Echoes of Apollo” by George Thompson is the sort of space faring technothriller that Tom Clancy would have been proud to have placed his name on if he was still alive. The novel is a near future story of what amounts to the first space war between China and the United States. “Echoes of Apollo” not only involve the sort of cutting edge technological toys inherent in the genre, but also makes clever use of the technology of the past. The story also casts a new light on the ongoing debate as to whether or not to return to the...
  • Russia demands probe into US moon landing

    06/20/2015 2:04:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 18, 2015 | Damien Sharkov
    Russia's investigative committee spokesman has demanded that an international investigation be launched into the US 1969 moon landings, after a US-led investigation into the world governing body Fifa, cast doubt over the fairness of choosing Russia to host the next World Cup. Nine Fifa officials were implicated in a US and Swiss investigation into the alleged corruption, with the scandal eventually leading to the organisation's president Sepp Blatter to announce his resignation. Russia and Qatar have both denied that their hosting rights are linked to any wrongdoing, however about a fortnight ago the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) confirmed...
  • Gizmodo article accuses America of space imperialism during Apollo program

    06/19/2015 1:58:59 PM PDT · by Marcus · 8 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 19, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Gizmodo, as part of a series of stories about space, ran a piece on Thursday called ‘What is Stopping Us from Building Cities in Space? No, it’s not Tech.” The article attempts to examine some of the political impediments that have stymied the settlement of the high frontier. Unfortunately, the piece would have been more convincing had it not been for one rather glaring error. The piece suggested that the United States attempted to claim the moon as sovereign territory when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag at Tranquility Base on July 20, 1969. “So much of...
  • Obama’s Asteroid: The decline of NASA and the senseless priorities of our government (P.J. O’Rourke)

    06/01/2013 11:02:47 AM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | June 10, 2013 | P.J. O'Rourke
    Recently I spent some time surrounded by people who are smarter than I am, who are braver and more committed to human progress, who know more about science and technology, more about business and industry, and more about budgets and expenditures. This is an experience Congress and the White House should have. Except Congress and the White House have this experience every day. And me too, but at least I know when it’s happening.It was happening with unusual intensity last month in Colorado Springs at the 29th National Space Symposium. This is the biggest and most important annual worldwide gathering...

    05/29/2009 7:15:50 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 42 replies · 1,028+ views
    SUN HERALD ^ | May 29, 2009 | J.R. WELSH
    STENNIS SPACE CENTER — A massive steel structure jutting into the sky not far from Interstate 10 is sending the world a message: NASA is taking the next step in hurtling humans back to the moon. Structural work was recently finished on the giant A-3 test stand. Now, things are moving further along in the construction phase. In April, Steel Erector Inc., of Lafayette, La., put the final steel beam on top of the towering test stand and bolted the beam in place, bearing the signatures of project team members. “We’re now 235 feet closer to going back to...
  • Science could soar with world's most powerful rocket

    11/24/2008 4:45:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 1,981+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | David Shiga
    A high-level panel of experts has praised the idea of sending NASA astronauts to visit a nearby asteroid and recommends ambitious robotic missions that will be made possible by next-generation rockets. But the panel also warns that these missions could carry big price tags... When the Ares V rocket makes its first planned flight in 2020, it will be able to lift larger and heavier payloads than any existing vehicle. It will be able to launch objects stretching more than 8 metres across and haul dozens of tonnes of cargo into space on a single flight. For example, it can...
  • Boeing's 747 Large Cargo Freighter Development on Plan

    02/25/2005 8:23:17 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 90 replies · 2,905+ views ^ | Feb. 22, 2005 | Staff
    SEATTLE, Feb. 22, 2005 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today said development of the 747 Large Cargo Freighter is proceeding according to plan and the modified freighters will be ready to support final assembly of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2007. "We have a top-notch team of engineers working to design what will be one of the most unique airplanes flying," said 787 Vice President of Manufacturing and Quality Scott Strode. "This kind of modification is an engineer's dream. It's an extremely challenging project, and it's essential to the success of the Dreamliner." Boeing announced last week the critical "swing...
  • Saturn 5 Blueprints Safely in Storage

    01/08/2004 2:20:33 PM PST · by Dead Dog · 237 replies · 748+ views ^ | 13 March 2000 | By Michael Paine
    Saturn 5 Blueprints Safely in Storage A NASA official has denied a claim made by a book author that blueprints for the mighty Saturn 5 rocket used to push Apollo astronauts to the moon were lost. The denial came in response to a recent story in that reported on a claim John Lewis made in his 1996 book, Mining the Sky, that he went looking for the Saturn 5 blueprints a few years ago and concluded, incredibly, they had been "lost." Paul Shawcross, from NASA's Office of Inspector General, came to the agency's defense in comments published on CCNet...
  • The Trillion Fold Increase In Computing Power, Visualized

    05/30/2015 11:28:13 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 42 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 24, 2015 | Maddie Stone
    [Snip]...The visualization below, inspired by the recent 50th anniversary of Moore’s law, tells the story of the trillion fold increase in computing performance we’ve witnessed over the past sixty years. That’s impressive enough, but some of the other finds are downright astounding. The Apollo guidance computer that took early astronauts to the moon, for instance, has the processing power of 2 Nintendo Entertainment Systems, while the Cray-2 supercomputer from 1985—the fastest machine in the world for its time—roughly measures up to an iPhone 4.
  • German-born US rocket expert Oscar Holderer dies at 95

    05/06/2015 11:59:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 6, 2015 | unattributed
    The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that designed the rocket that took US astronauts to the Moon has died in Alabama. Oscar Holderer, who was 95, suffered a stroke last week and did not recover, his son Michael said. Mr Holderer was one of about 120 engineers who moved to the US after World War Two, bringing technology used in the German V2 rocket. They played a key role in the Saturn V rocket used in the 1969 Moon landing. The team, led by Wernher von Braun, was part of a project called Operation Paperclip that...
  • Quietly, NASA is reconsidering the moon as a destination

    04/04/2015 12:59:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 3, 2015 | Eric Berger
    Despite a declaration from President Barack Obama that the moon is not a planned destination for American astronauts, senior NASA engineers have quietly begun reconsidering using it as a staging point for an eventual mission to Mars.William Gerstenmaier, the chief of human exploration for NASA, does not see the president's plan of a direct, 900-day mission to the red planet as achievable. Instead, Gerstenmaier believes large amounts of ice at the lunar poles may provide an important reservoir of oxygen and hydrogen fuel to propel rockets and spaceships across the 40 million miles of space to Mars."If propellant was available...
  • National Geographic claims creationists are at war with science

    03/19/2015 7:32:13 AM PDT · by fishtank · 60 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | March 19, 2015 | Lita Cosner and Keaton Halley
    National Geographic claims creationists are at war with science by Lita Cosner and Keaton Halley Published: 19 March 2015 (GMT+10) National Geographic (NG) is a respected popular science magazine with millions of subscribers. So it is unfortunate when they use that platform to promote anti-creation propaganda under the guise of science. The cover of the March 2015 issue is “The War on Science”, and the featured article by science writer Joel Achenbach, “The age of disbelief”, intends to explain why so many people doubt the scientific establishment on a range of issues—from global warming to vaccines to the Apollo moon...
  • Philistines at the Gate

    06/02/2005 8:09:10 AM PDT · by EarthStomper · 33 replies · 736+ views ^ | 06-02-05 | Lee Harris
    In a recent meeting of the Board of Education in the city of Artichoke, Alabama, it was decided to ban the reading of Homer's Illiad and Odyssey in the classroom. The grounds given for the exclusion of these towering masterpieces of ancient literature is that reading them in a public school violated the first amendment's guarantee of the separation of church and state. Wallace Nobrainer, the attorney for the Artichoke school system, explained that "the Homeric texts are obviously designed to promote the polytheistic view of the Greeks," and hence they should be looked upon in the same light as...
  • Apollo 15 command module pilot Alfred M. Worden: ‘NASA took a step backwards’

    01/24/2015 5:50:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 23.01.2015 | Cornelia Bormann
    He’s one of a handful of men to have orbited the moon. Today, Alfred M. Worden says NASA’s on the wrong track. He also tells DW why he likes the moon’s dark side and what he wanted most—but didn't get—upon returning. […] “We took a step backwards back in the late 70s when they decided to build the space shuttle. That was, in my opinion, a mistake. The shuttle was a very complicated machine. It did some pretty unusual, clearly spectacular things, like launch vertically and land horizontally. But from a technical standpoint, we launched a 280,000 pound machine to...
  • Archaeologists Investigate Ancient Greek Temenos on Black Sea Island

    01/21/2015 6:44:51 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Popular Archaeology ^ | Monday, January 19, 2015 | editors
    A team of archaeologists are discovering new finds on a tiny island just off the Black Sea coast near Sozopol, Bulgaria -- finds that may shed additional light on the location and features of a lost temple to Apollo erected by Archaic Greeks in the late 6th century BCE. Epigraphic sources document that a temple to Apollo was raised on an island near the ancient Greek colony of Apollonia Pontica, which is located near present-day Sozopol. But there has been no evidence to suggest where the temple was actually located -- until recently, when an archaeological team under the direction...
  • Nvidia sinks moon landing hoax using virtual light

    09/20/2014 7:13:34 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 95 replies ^ | September 19, 2014 12:50 PM PDT | Nick Statt
    The first manned missions to Earth's satellite began in 1969 with Apollo 11. Just a few years later, conspiracies sprouted up claiming that potentially each of the six lunar landing crews and every one of the 12 Apollo astronauts who walked on the moon had in fact participated in an elaborate ruse. To the conspiracists, it may never have happened -- or didn't happen like NASA said it did -- and oh by the way, we duped the Russians into losing the space race. Voxel global illumination, however, proves them wrong, says Nvidia. The technique, which the new GTX 970...
  • Apollo 11 patch flown on 1st moon landing to launch with astronauts to Mars

    07/21/2014 4:45:59 PM PDT · by workerbee · 42 replies
    Fox ^ | 7/21/14 | Robert Z. Pearlman
    When American astronauts make the next "giant leap" by launching to Mars, they will bring with them a memento from the first moon landing 45 years ago. NASA on Monday will present the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a mission patch that Apollo 11 crew mates Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins carried to the moon in 1969, collectSPACE has learned. The patch will be held at the spaceport until the first crew is ready to lift off for the Red Planet on a mission NASA plans for the 2030s.
  • Apollo 11 Astronauts Walked on the Moon 45 years ago Today! (Or Did They?)

    07/20/2014 3:40:37 PM PDT · by lee martell · 154 replies
    July 20 2014 | lee martell
    I vividly recall being in the living room with my family watching tv in 1969 as the American Astronauts walked on the moon. The pictures were fuzzy, black and white, somewhat indistinct. It almost resembled an Ultrasound image an expectant mother would see. We were thrilled to be part of a country, a culture so advanced as to put men on the moon and later, to bring them back safely to earth. We had completely one-upped communist Russia! Sputnik was a very important step in space exploration. Quite significant back in 1957, but that was a long time ago, back...
  • 'ONE GIANT LEAP' Apollo 11's historic trip to the moon marks its 45th anniversary

    07/20/2014 12:45:26 PM PDT · by shove_it · 41 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 20 Jul 2014
    The year was 1969. The turbulent time in America saw troops fighting in Vietnam, and a nation dealing with the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, killed in 1963, and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., both murdered in 1968. Then came that one small step. Forty-five years ago today, 500 million people around the world witnessed American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins as they embarked on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and six hours later Armstrong was the first man to step...
  • Obama’s Twitter account...spent an entire day getting the year man walked on the moon wrong

    06/11/2014 4:40:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    In a tweet Tuesday, President Obama’s official account attempted to draw attention to the plight of women workers, saying that it wasn’t 1963 anymore — when, as implied by an image and text, man first walked on the moon.
  • The group the 'Right Climate Stuff´ says there's no need to worry about catastrophic global warming

    03/09/2014 9:27:59 AM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies
    WUWT ^ | 3/8/2014 | Anthony Watts
    The planet is not in danger of catastrophic man made global warming. Even if we burn all the world’s recoverable fossil fuels it will still only result in a temperature rise of less than 1.2 per cent. So say The Right Climate Stuff Research Team, a group of retired NASA Apollo scientists and engineers – the men who put Neil Armstrong on the moon – in a new report. “It’s an embarrassment to those of us who put NASA’s name on the map to have people like James Hansen popping off about global warming,” says the project’s leader Hal Doiron....
  • LADEE Sees Zodiacal Light before Crashing into Moon, but Apollo Mystery Remains

    04/24/2014 3:30:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies ^ | April 24, 2014 | Bob King on
    With the glow of Earth well-hidden, any dust in the moon’s scant atmosphere around the time of orbital sunrise should become visible. Scientists also expected to see the softly luminous glow of the zodiacal light, an extensive cloud of comet and asteroid dust concentrated in the flat plane of the solar system. The zodiacal light gets its name from the zodiac, that familiar band of constellations the planets pass through as they orbit the sun. Back on Earth, the zodiacal light looks like a big thumb of light standing up from the western horizon a couple hours after sunset in...
  • 'Apollo's unsung hero' for developing the moon landing strategy in the 1960's dies aged 95

    04/20/2014 9:50:17 AM PDT · by DFG · 40 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 04/19/2014 | AP
    John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt died Tuesday at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, from complications from Parkinson's disease, his son-in-law Tucker Withington, of Plymouth, Mass., confirmed Saturday. As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.
  • Early NASA diapers forced astronauts to disclose the size of their manhood

    03/30/2014 7:24:24 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 55 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3-24-14 | Craig Hlavaty
    <p>When NASA astronauts were suiting up to go to space in the 1960s, they had to make a big decision before they explored the world above us: How large of a man are you?</p> <p>Getting it wrong could damage the mission.</p>
  • It's Time to Extend Routine Space Operations to the Moon (Op-Ed)

    03/26/2014 5:38:22 AM PDT · by lbryce · 29 replies ^ | March 24, 2014 | John Thorton
    John Thornton is CEO of Astrobotic Technology. He contributed this article to's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. When the XPRIZE Foundation announced the Google Lunar XPRIZE in 2007, Astrobotic Technology chairman Red Whittaker declared his intention to compete on the first day. Since then, we have worked methodically on the technology and operations for the $20 million Grand Prize. We have approached this from the outset as an opportunity to build a business. With only a few lunar landings since Apollo, there remains a deep cultural belief that they are extraordinarily difficult and expensive. Bold, risky pursuits are called...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Apollo 17 VIP Site Anaglyph

    03/14/2014 9:29:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    NASA ^ | March 15, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this stereo scene from Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon! The color anaglyph features a detailed 3D view of Apollo 17's Lunar Rover in the foreground -- behind it lies the Lunar Module and distant lunar hills. Because the world was going to be able to watch the Lunar Module's ascent stage liftoff via the rover's TV camera, this parking place was also known as the VIP Site. In December of 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon, while colleague Ronald Evans orbited...
  • As Countdown Looms, Israel’s Moon Bid Already a Winner

    02/25/2014 4:13:33 PM PST · by lbryce · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | February 23, 2014 | David Shamah
    Daniel Saat, business development manager for SpaceIL, is reasonably confident that the lunar lander the Israeli spaceship organization is working on will beat out the competition and reach the moon, winning the big $30 million prize being offered by Google in its LunarX challenge. “Our intelligence sources tell us that Israel’s LunarX satellite is one of the two or three top contenders to win this contest,” Saat told The Times of Israel on Sunday. And he’s also pretty certain the 140 kilogram spacecraft will actually land safely on the moon and perform the stunts Google requires to award the prize...
  • Gaza fisherman hooks statue of ancient Greek god Apollo

    02/19/2014 7:58:17 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 47 replies ^ | February 15, 2014 | Nic Robertson and Talal Abu Rahma
    Gaza (CNN) -- When Jwdat Abu Ghrb spotted a dark shape last summer in the waters off Gaza, where he was diving for fish, he initially thought it was a corpse. "I was afraid," he told CNN. "I put on my goggles, dove underneath and still couldn't tell what it was. I resurfaced and got some help from other people and family members and came back, and after full four hours of trying we managed to get it out of the water and I was shocked by what I found." It was a life-size bronze statue, believed to be a...
  • The Apollo found that divides Gaza

    02/17/2014 1:54:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Fai di Repubblica ^ | October 10, 2013 | Fabio Scuto
    ...Mounir with that metal finger shown around Gaza has attracted the attentions of Hamas' spies, always well introduced in every environment. Within a few hours the fisherman is arrested and the statue, which could date back to the fourth century B. C., is seized. It would be a great achievement for Hamas to show the world this wonder of Greek art - comparable to the Riace Bronzes - but for those who have it in their hands it soon becomes clear that the Apollo must remain a secret. Islam forbids the reproduction of the human figure in art and accepts...
  • 1967: Three astronauts die in Apollo 1 tragedy [RIP 47 years ago today]

    01/27/2014 8:32:09 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 61 replies
    BBC ^ | January 27th, 1967 | Various staff
    1967: Three astronauts die in Apollo 1 tragedy Three American astronauts have died after fire swept through the Apollo spacecraft designed for a manned flight to the Moon during rehearsals at Cape Kennedy. It is thought an electrical spark started in the area holding oxygen supplies and other support systems. The fire spread quickly in the oxygen-filled atmosphere of the capsule, killing the crew within seconds. The space crew, flight commander Gus Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee, were taking part in a test run for the launch of the first Apollo mission. Navy Lieutenant Commander Chaffee, aged 31, had...
  • Billionaire bullies

    01/04/2014 6:08:24 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 22 replies
    San Mateo Daily Journal (CA) ^ | January 4, 2014 | John McDowell
    The other day I saw “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” which I thoroughly enjoyed. In it, the wizard Gandalf laments the growth of the “Power of the Shadow” and how the forces of good had been blind to its resurgence. That same week, Organizing for Action (President Obama’s political army) tweeted “On one side: Shadowy groups spending millions to obscure the facts.” I realized there was a connection between the two. OFA is right, the power of shadowy groups grows, and dark money spreads across our body politic. Yet many have been blind to the destructive power these groups...
  • All Apollo Mission Images available online for the first time

    12/24/2013 11:12:42 AM PST · by Spruce · 27 replies
    The Apollo astronauts used several types of cameras during their missions. Most of the classic images published in magazines of the day were taken by 70 mm Hasselblad cameras, but astronauts also used 35 mm Nikon cameras, a multispectral camera, a stereoscopic camera, and a Hycon Lunar Topographic camera. Both black and white and color film were used; however since that time, some color film has had to be digitally restored to correct for fading and other effects of agingUntil now, these film products have resided in cold storage or have been shelved and archived at NASA data repositories. Access...
  • London theatre collapse: scores injured at Apollo in West End

    12/19/2013 2:44:39 PM PST · by sushiman · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/19/13 | Conal Urquhart
    Seven people seriously hurt after part of Shaftesbury Avenue theatre collapsed during The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time .
  • London Theater Balcony Believed to Have Collapsed

    12/19/2013 1:11:21 PM PST · by MWestMom · 34 replies
    Time World ^ | 12/19/13 | AP
    Broke on Fox News within the last hour. The Apollo theater was showing a family show “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime.” Injuries have been reported.
  • James O'Keefe tweets to Secretary Sebelius: Might want to cancel your plans tomorrow

    11/19/2013 7:34:41 PM PST · by Diago · 452 replies
    James O'Keefe ‏@JamesOKeefeIII 5h Might want to cancel your plans tomorrow, @Sebelius. It's going to be a busy day. @Project_Veritas __________________________________ .@SenTedCruz praises @Project_Veritas... more to come soon... ___________________________________ James O'Keefe ‏@JamesOKeefeIII MSM: please do ignore it. That won't bode well for you. This screenplay's already written. My favorite part is still coming up.
  • Scott Carpenter (1925 - 2013): Rare and Classic Photos of a NASA Legend

    10/13/2013 7:24:23 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Life ^ | 1962 | Life
    In honor of Scott Carpenter, who recently passed away, Life is publishing a collection of previously unseen photographs of Scott Carpenter.Scott Carpenter (1925 - 2013): Rare and Classic Photos of an American Legend