Thursday, July 16, 2009

Apollo 11 Launch


From the NASA files, the launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969. Who would have believed that humans can accomplish a feat like this? Prior to Apollo even some NASA engineers doubted that it could be done. They came close to failure many times, but this was the result.

Will we see a simliar scene in 10 years time? Some are starting to doubt that we can reach the Moon by 2020. Tuesday SpaceX reached orbit for the second time and Wednesday the Shuttle Endeavour finally launched. What an exciting time!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Kea said...

I am told that my great grandfather and great grandmother used to argue over the idea that humans could land on the moon, and my ggf was certain it would happen. Unfortunately, I was too young to remember being sent to bed, but I'm sure that this affront only increased my determination to be a physicist. Sigh. Maybe one day.

6:00 AM  
Blogger nige said...

My parents were married on 23 July 1969, so they were so busy with wedding arrangements and that kind of thing that they missed the relative trifle of the Moon landings completely! (They're going away next week to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.) However they did take me to see the Moon exhibit at the Science Museum in London as a kid, and that was really exciting.

10:56 AM  
Blogger CarlBrannen said...

Another little item you might be interested in: Asteriods were born big.

Maybe that means they were part of a planet that broke up or maybe there is an explanation that has to do with accretion of small black holes.

1:06 PM  

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