50th Anniversary of First Man on Moon:

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  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    For anyone interested here is the official original press release of the Apollo 11 mission...256 pages of it.


    An Aussie Country and Western sing, did pay tribute to the greatest feat of human kind, and Armstrong in particular.

    I myself will be taking the 5 hr trip from Sydney to the Parkes Radio Telescope on that weekend......The facility that first received the transmission from the Moon and beamed it to NASA
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  3. paddoboy Valued Senior Member


    Dr. Avi Loeb Thinks the Government Should set its Sights on Big Ideas in Space Exploration:
    On July 20th, 2019, exactly 50 years will have passed since human beings first set foot on the Moon. To mark this anniversary, NASA will be hosting a number of events and exhibits and people from all around the world will be united in celebration and remembrance. Given that crewed lunar missions are scheduled to take place again soon, this anniversary also serves as a time to reflect on the lessons learned from the last “Moonshot”.

    For one, the Moon Landing was the result of years of government-directed research and development that led to what is arguably the greatest achievement in human history. This achievement and the lessons it taught were underscored in a recent essay by two Harvard astrophysicists. In it, they recommend that the federal government continue to provide active leadership in the field of space research and exploration.

    The essay, titled “Federal Leadership of Future Moonshots“, was recently accepted for publication by Scientific American. The authors included Professor Abraham Loeb and Anjali Tripathi, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science and Harvard University and a research associate of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and a former White House Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy(respectively).
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  5. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    Interesting extracts....

    "Similarly, the Laser-Interferometry Gravitational-Wave Observatory(LIGO) – which allowed for the first-ever detection of gravitational waves in – was funded by the NSF. This has led to a revolution in astronomy, some unique proposals (like gravitational wave communications), and the discovery that a large portion of Earth’s gold and heavy elements came from a neutron star merger that took place close to our Solar System billions of years ago.

    And of course, there’s also the need for international cooperation, in the form of shared international facilities and programs. The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is provided as an example since it is a cutting-edge research facility that resulted from international cooperation. Since the US is not a member of CERN and has no comparable facilities, which has left it at a comparative disadvantage".
    An important aspect highlighted by me is essential if we are ever going to overcome the great difficulties and put boots on Mars.
    I don't believe getting there is an option for any one single nation.

    "In the future, NASA and the ESA will be collaborating on vital projects such as the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), a high-risk, expensive project that is sure to yield immense scientific results. As other opportunities arise for joint-ventures of this kind, Loeb and Tripathi recommend that the US become involved, rather than risk “scientific isolationism”.
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  7. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 70 years old Valued Senior Member

    A tad off topic. If they don't get their act together they will be quarantined due to the various plagues in their cities

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  8. paddoboy Valued Senior Member


    China's plans to solve the mysteries of the moon

    Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the world watched as Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon. Since then, space agencies around the globe have sent rovers to Mars, probes to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and beyond, yet humanity's curiosity and fascination with the Moon has never abated.

    China, in collaboration with several countries, is now at the forefront of lunar exploration. In an article published on July 18 in Science, researchers laid out what the China Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) has accomplished since their launch in 2007 and their plans into the next three decades.

    "Fifty years after Neil Armstrong took, 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind' as the first human to set foot on the Moon, China's CE-4 lander and Yutu 2 rover left the footprints of humanity's first robotic visit to the surface of the far side of the Moon," said Li Chunlai, article author and the Deputy Director-General of National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academies of Science (NAOC).
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    I wish China all the best in their continued exploration of the solar system, as I do every nation that has started to venture into space.
    Again, as always, a shame it aint an International effort.
  9. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

    "When I was seventeen, it was a very good year...."

    Mankind set foot on the moon for the first time.

    And there was Woodstock too.
  10. paddoboy Valued Senior Member


    Lunar rocks debunk moon landing conspiracy theories:

    Rocks collected from the moon 50 years ago and analyzed by an international team of scientists, including from the Australian National University (ANU), dispel any notion that the lunar landing was faked, an ANU expert says.

    ANU scientist Professor Trevor Ireland, who is a space rock expert, said no conspiracy would have or could have made the moon rocks.

    "Any attempt to make moon rocks in a laboratory would be a monumental failure and likely cost more money than it took NASA to get to the moon and back," said Professor Ireland from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences. "The lunar soil is like nothing we have seen before on Earth. It is the result of eons of bombardment on the surface of the moon. The rocks have compositions that are unique to the moon."

    Professor Ireland said the scenario of an unmanned mission retrieving the moon rocks was also practically impossible. "There are 380 kg of moon rocks. Getting this amount of material back to Earth is just as difficult as getting 24 Apollo astronauts on nine missions to the moon and back to Earth. That six of the missions landed on the moon, and brought samples back to Earth, is one of the greatest achievements in history. To this day, we continue to analyze the Apollo lunar rocks and they still have surprises for us."
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    Far far more facts then that in the article dispel such an unlikely stupid conspiracy as faked Moon landings..
  11. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

    apollo cryptic trivia...
    this would have to be Aquarius ?

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  12. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    Our looney friend Fat Freddy appears to be lost on this great 50th anniversary weekend of the first Moon landing.

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  13. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    Our looney friend Fat Freddy, appears to be lost on this 50th Anniversary of the first Moon Landing...mankind's greatest ever feat.

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