Sunday, July 20, 2008

No, I didn't forget

It was 39 years ago today that we took our first steps on another world.

They won't be the last steps and the moon won't be the last world.

I posted extensively about it on last year's anniversary. Not much point in repeating myself here.

Never before seen recordings of Armstrong's first steps were recently discovered at the NASA tracking station at Honeysuckle Creek, Australia.

These video and audio recordings have been digitally restored and made available to the public for the first time. You can see and hear the event just as it occured 39 years ago today, by going here.


meesha.v said...

But did you have a ship?

Midtown Miscreant said...

more important, historically speaking, it transpired on my 10th birthday.

Satyavati devi dasi said...

Do you remember that film clip of the little ship taking off from the moon and going up into the sky back to earth and how the camera followed it right up into oblivion?

Who shot that?


You knew I'd do this.

Xavier Onassis said...

Satyavati - Yes, it was on Apollo 17 and it was an automated camera left on the surface by the astronauts programmed to track motion. Which it did. Case closed!

Satyavati devi dasi said...

I dunno. I just don't understand how when a transistor radio was hot shit and computers were the size of buildings we managed to get men to the moon and in 2008 when I sit here with more computing capacity than all of IBM circa 1969 we can't put a shuttle full of people around the earth consistently and safely.

This whole topic is one of those things I'm just never going to get a satisfactory answer on. The only other question like this in my life I can think of is: how do you get two commercial passenger airplanes through three of the biggest airports' airspace and past the front door of an Air Force base, wildly off course, without anyone noticing?

You see what I mean here.