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Fly me to the moon

Probably everyone knows that 40 years ago yesterday, Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

Apollo 11 departing

Apollo 11 departing

There’s an understandably large amount of publicity leading up to the fortieth anniversary of the moon landing. What you might not know about are some of the interesting online resources associated with the anniversary:

I’ll be adding more as I find them, so check back if you are interested.

I missed the original by just under a year, but have been hoping for something comparable ever since. We as a society need some inspiring feats of science and engineering. We’ve accomplished many things over the past decades that are probably more important: mapping the human genome, personal computers, the internet, but nothing so universally awe-inspiring. What should the next challenge be?

One Comment

  1. Jess says:

    Actually I still think Hubble is one of the best things mankind’s ever made. Maybe not the most obviously impressive thing, but it’s lasted yonks longer than anyone expected it to; a whole field of study has changed thanks in part to what we can now observe. And soon we’ll be on to a new and better generation of space telescopes, which is just damn spiffy. I like to think that history will say we thought it was important to keep looking.

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