I’m curious to know how Geekend readers are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. I considered seeing the new sci-fi film Moon or going to the celebration at the local planetarium this evening.
What about you? Are you building your own Apollo 11 landing computer, getting out your telescope, watching documentaries about the space program, ignoring all the coverage, or none of the above?
If you happen to be surfing online for profiles, photos, and videos about the event, here’s a roundup of recent space-related coverage from CBS Interactive.
ZDNet blogger Jason Perlow’s To the Moon series
He is profiling the key companies and the projects that made Apollo 11 a reality.
- How We Built the Technologies (Introduction)
- Boeing, the Rocket Foundry
- The Integrators
- Rocketdyne, Keeper of the Flame
- To the Moon: Grumman, One Giant Landing for Mankind
- Best Faked Moon Landing… Ever!
Jason poses these questions: Which companies and individuals do you think made the most significant contributions to the Apollo program? Who needs to be remembered? Share your thoughts in the discussion.
SmartPlanet blogger John Dodge’s NASA series
He writes about watching the landing: “I was 18 at the time and watched on a black & White 19-inch Philco TV (made in America – it was THAT long ago!) from my parents’ family room.”
- Neil Armstrong remembers man behind Apollo 11
- Arguing for NASA’s exploration of deep space
- NASA mission control legend Chris Kraft says we need to stiffen our resolve
- “One Giant Leap for Mankind,” 40 years later
Geekend readers discuss viewing the Apollo 11 footage
In this interesting discussion, Geekend readers discuss what they thought the first time they viewed the Apollo 11 footage. Member debbiesh describes how her father helped them get to the moon.
- The Apollo 11 moon landing
- Apollo 11’s landscapes and moon rocks
- The other Apollo moon landings
- Boeing / Saturn V
- Google Earth takes you to the moon
- Restored footage of Apollo 11 moonwalk
- American moonwalkers Aldrin, Bean, and Duke
- Buzz Aldrin’s ‘Magnificent Desolation’
- Interview with Apollo 11 guidance officer Steve Bales
- President Obama honors Apollo 11
- Apollo, 40 years later
Perennial favorites: Geek Trivia
It doesn’t seem right to talk about this milestone without featuring space-themed Geek Trivia from our good friend Jay Garmon.
- What stamp-collecting item did the crew of Apollo 11 secretly produce?
- How many nuclear power sources have operated on the moon?
- How many man-made objects do we think reside on the far side of the moon, where even hypersensitive future Earthbound telescopes will never find them?
- How much was the “towing bill” presented to NASA contractors by the makers of the Apollo 13 lunar module?
- How much did NASA pay for the original lot of “space pens”?
- Who was the first fare-paying civilian passenger on a spaceflight, and how much was the fare?
- Why didn’t Yuri Gagarin qualify for FAI space records?