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"Techniques of Lunar Landing" Lecture by Armstrong

by Chuck Fisher

September 26, 2012 | 0 comments

I was glued to the TV on July 20, 1969, in the living room of my house the summer between graduation and my first college semester as a midshipman at USC. Soon after the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong gave a lecture at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus called “Techniques of Lunar Landing,” which I attended. He was finishing up his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering, and the lecture was in partial fulfillment of that course of study. I reckon he knew what he was talking about. I still have a copy of the notes he passed out. I imagine in ... more »

The Transit of Venus

by Kai Staats

September 25, 2012 | 0 comments

My Return to the Sun When I arrived to the Mauna Kea visitor center at nine thousand feet elevation, just after dark, I was surprised to find a dozen vehicles, shuttles, tour buses, and some fifty people wrapped in blankets, winter jackets and caps, huddled around a dozen telescopes focused on Mars, Saturn, and several nebulae. I learned the Mauna Kea Visitors Center holds a public star party, a viewing session every night of the year, weather permitting. My heart lifted and I was a kid again, eager to interact, share, and learn. I changed from shorts into long pants ... more »

Remembering Voyager

by Larry B. Keese

September 10, 2012 | 0 comments

I was privileged to be the Responsible Engineer for the JPL Voyager Mission Science Instrument Pointing development and operation at the Voyager I & II Jupiter and Saturn Encounters. I was in the program Operations Area with Karl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and lots of dignitaries. We had the opportunity to watch the live feed from the vehicle at Jupiter Encounter and Saturn Encounter. I was very blessed to be a part of such a great mission

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Engineer's Engineer

by James

August 25, 2012 | 0 comments

To me Neil Armstrong was a total Engineer, and it's this aspect of him that I like most and hope folks will appreciate. I hope that someone will make a film about him that will celebrate the man more than just the moon landing. I really like his NASA Oral History: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/ArmstrongNA_9-19-01.pdf My favorite photo of him is with the X-15: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/246076main_E60-6286_full.jpg ... more »

A toast to the memory of Neil Armstrong

by John Richardson

August 25, 2012 | 0 comments

(I originally posted this tribute to my blog at: http://behindthehedge.wordpress.com/2012/08/25/toast-to-the-memory-of-neil-armstrong/ )

I'd like to toast the memory of a man by all reports of a most excellent brilliance which was, remarkably, surpassed by his shy humility. A man who performed a feat beyond epic heroism. For those too young to remember, in July, 1969, Neil Armstrong and two companions climbed into what was effectively a Volkswagen beetle augmented by a computer with slightly less processing power than your toaster. Then he let some guy light up under him one of the bigger bombs humanity has ever created and flew that Beetle ... more »

Fly Me To The Moon...

by CoCo Podawiltz

August 25, 2012 | 0 comments

July 1969 was a very memorable time of my early childhood. I was 10yrs old, a young girl living in Florida, where my Dad was stationed in the USAF for a brief time. My family was preparing for his departure to Vietnam, for his one year tour of duty... scary times for us!


Living in Florida and being in the military, we were well aware of the Apollo program & its goal to land humans on the Moon. I was fascinated by their efforts & followed the few earlier Apollo missions into space. On the eve of the Apollo 11 ... more »

Armstrong as a Heroic Ideal

by Casey Dreier

August 25, 2012 | 0 comments

I wasn't born yet when Armstrong first set foot on the Moon.

My parents remember the night, even though they themselves were young and far-removed from the world of space travel and science. But even though I wasn't there, Armstrong was always a presence. From a young age you know his name, even if most of us (sadly) don't know the others that went after him. The culture itself provides such a powerful representation of Armstrong that even though I wasn't there to see the moonwalk itself, I feel his death in my bones.

There was something strangely comforting about the idea ... more »

A little fun at the Planetary Society's expense...

by James L Newberg

April 28, 2012 | 0 comments

I am a cartoonist for Punk Globe Magazine and have been a member of The Planetary Society since 1983, I am known as Jaws the Cabbie. Some of my cartoons have their basis in my long term interest in issues championed by the planetary society... ... more »

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