Vale Neil Armstrong

Submitted by James Purser on Sun, 08/26/2012 - 21:56
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I don't know what it is about the passing of the first man on the moon that has hit me as hard as it has.

When I heard that Neil Armstrong had died, I felt... sad, but something more. It's hard to put into words but I think the best I can come up with is, grief.

I don't know the man personally, I was born eight years after he took his momentus steps of the Lunar Module and the space race of my early years was shuttle launches, Mir and Challanger. I never got to sit, glued to the TV, watching as he hopped off the bottom step of the LM ladder onto the dusty surface.

Inspiring and Depressing at the same time

Submitted by James Purser on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 08:54
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Last night I finished watching a series called "From the earth to the moon". I think it was the first of Tom Hanks' forays into docu-drama (coming after the movie Apollo 13).

As you might guess from the title the series follows the events leading up to the first landing on the moon and afterwards to the final Apollo mission in 1972. As a series it is an excellent examination of the people involved in the American Space effort, from Astronauts to their wives, to the contractors and everyone else involved.

Sitting At The Bottom Of The Gravity Well

Submitted by James Purser on Sun, 07/19/2009 - 09:49
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While getting my morning twitter fix this morning I came across this post by Jeff:

"Astronauts are in the Command Service Module now, almost all the way to the Moon, poking around in the Eagle. 47 hours until landing!"

After a brief period of wondering whether he'd either ingested some good honest Yass "herb" or had infact invented a time machine, I came across which has been put together to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings.