Things We Saw Today: Ryan Gosling Reunites with La La Land Director Damien Chazelle for Neil Armstrong Biopic
It's official: Ryan Gosling has a new job. He has signed on to star in the Neil Armstrong biopic, First Man, which will be directed by La La Land's Damien Chazelle.Read More
"Hey girl. It's one giant leap for humanity."
That's right, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin yell at the moon. It is their right, as astronauts. They once walked on its face.Read More
The Smithsonian Institute recently kicked up a Kickstarter asking for money to help preserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.Read More
When you hear the word “astronaut,” you probably think of guys like Neil Armstrong. When you think of women astronauts—an even smaller number—you probably think of the late Sally Ride who, among her many accomplishments, went to space twice, was a physics professor at U of C and, perhaps most importantly, was immortalized in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire.” But Ride, contrary to popular belief, wasn’t the first woman in space.Read More
One small step for history. One giant leap for awesome.
So Neil Armstrong left a bag in the back of his closet containing a bunch of stuff he'd once taken to the Moon. Now we get to see what was inside. Hint: it's pretty cool.Read More
Is this the first time Twitter fake-killed an already dead celebrity?
Astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away last year, but for some reason Twitter has decided to mourn him now. A lot of people seem to think he died on August 25th of this year. It's not uncommon for Twitter to mistakenly think a celebrity has died, but this might be the first time it's tried to kill somebody twice. So what happened?Read More
One small step for man...
On August 25th, 2012 at the age of 82, astronaut Neil Armstrong passed away. One year after his death NASA remembers the man with this touching music video for the song "Tranquility Base" by Eric Brace. Excuse me. I have something in my eye.Read More
One small step for man, many many Tweets for Internet-kind.
Humans first walked on the Moon 44 years ago today. It was a momentous occasion for Earth as a whole, and showed exactly what a properly funded space program can accomplish. The 44th anniversary of something is an odd number to celebrate, but it hasn't stopped Twitter users from remembering the event. My feed is loaded with people commenting on the Moon landing. Here are some of the best ones.Read More
Congress Wants NASA to Rename Dryden Flight Research Center After Neil Armstrong, but Should They?
Being the first man to walk on the Moon has its benefits. Lots of things are named after Neil Armstrong, but one thing that doesn't have his name on it is a space center. There's a push in Congress right now to change that, and to rename the Dryden Flight Research Center where a young Neil Armstrong worked as a test pilot after him. Sorry, former NASA deputy administrator Hugh Dryden.Read More
Things We Saw Today
so long and thanks for all the fish
99% of you have probably heard by now: Yesterday, Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82. He was the first person to ever step foot on the moon. He described himself as a "quiet, nerdy engineer," and that he may have been, but we will remember him as that and so much more.Read More
Neil Armstrong, hero to everyone who's ever dreamed of travelling to worlds beyond our own, died yesterday at 82, his family announced. According to multiple reports, Armstrong's death was caused by complications from heart surgery performed earlier this month to relieve clogged coronary arteries.Read More
This is the Customs and Immigration Form Filled Out by Apollo 11 Astronauts Upon Returning from the Moon
Writers love it when readers respond to their work -- it reminds us that we're not shouting into a vacuum -- but it's tough to beat the response that NPR's Robert Krulwich got to an article he wrote earlier this week about the surprisingly short distance astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. None other than Armstrong himself wrote in, explaining the logistical reasons why they stayed within 100 yards of the lunar lander.
We were operating in a near perfect vacuum with the temperature well above 200 degrees Fahrenheit with the local gravity only one sixth that of Earth. That combination cannot be duplicated here on Earth, but we tried as best we could to test our equipment for those conditions. For example, because normal air conditioning is inadequate for lunar conditions, we were required to use cold water to cool the interior of our suits. We did not have any data to tell us how long the small water tank in our backpacks would suffice. NASA officials limited our surface working time to 2 and 3/4 hours on that first surface exploration to assure that we would not expire of hyperthermia.But Armstrong flashes his rebellious streak:
I candidly admit that I knowingly and deliberately left the planned working area out of TV coverage to examine and photograph the interior crater walls for possible bedrock exposure or other useful information. I felt the potential gain was worth the risk.Full, fascinating first-person account at NPR. (NPR via Boing Boing) Read More