Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Fly me to the moon.

Watching the moon landing videos of the moon landings from the late 1960's and early 1970's
is really interesting

And to be honest I have only just learned there were there were 6 manned Apollo Moon landings
  • Apollo 11 - July 16, 1969. First manned landing on the Moon, July 20.
  • Apollo 12 - November 14, 1969. First precise manned landing on the Moon, within walking distance of Surveyor 3.
  • Apollo 14 - January 31, 1971. Commanded by Alan Shepard, the only one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts to walk (and golf) on the Moon.
  • Apollo 15 - July 26, 1971. First mission with the Lunar Rover vehicle.
  • Apollo 16 - April 16, 1972. First landing in the lunar highlands.
  • Apollo 17 - December 7, 1972. Final Apollo lunar mission, first night launch, only mission with a professional geologist.

(and I'm sure you have all heard of the one that almost got there Apollo 13)

There is always a lot of talk and accusations on the Internet of how the Moon landings were partly or completely fake, and were hoaxed, and even though I do think that are governments do lie to us, it would have been a huge whopper of a lie especially to try and pull off 6 times, and apparently there are three retroreflector arrays left on the Moon by Apollo 11, 14 and 15. and apparently anyone on Earth with an appropriate laser and telescope system may bounce laser beams off these devices,

Just in case your interested below is a video clip of Buzz Aldrin or Buzz Lightyear as Ali G likes to call him punching a guy in the face after he accuses him of not walking on the moon and called him a coward and lier

Buzz Aldrin was one of the first to walk on the moon along with Neil Armstrong on the Apollo 11 mission, I have to admit if I had been all the way to the moon and back and someone said that to me I might do the same.

however it is a great shame that it has been so long since we last had a moon landing it would be amazing to see the video footage that would be possible with today's technology,
But there is hope the current U.S. Vision for Space Exploration calls for a human landing on the Moon no later than 2019 quite why they there is such a long wait I am not quite sure but its something, and I have heard there are plans of an extended human presence on the moon to help develop the capability to use it as a launch pad for deeper space exploration possibly human missions to Mars,

Another thing I read that sounded interesting is The Google Lunar X Prize competition offers a $20 million award for the first privately-funded team to land a robotic probe on the Moon.
I could do with the $20 million I wonder if I strapped a webcam and a transformer to a very large firework I might win the prize would have to be a very good shot :-)


Anonymous said...

How in the world ,they were able to go to the moon 6 times in 3years and it appear now that they are unable to go there again before 2020.
Have you seen the moovie 'Capricorn ONE'

Melody said...

I have not seen Capricorn ONE yet but I have watched quite a few of the Moon landing Hoax documentaries like (Funny thing happened on way to moon)I'm not really convinced that they were completely faked but would have to watch a lot more on it to make up my mind completely.