JFK Chooses the Moon
Today in history, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at Rice University on the nation’s space effort. In one of the most memorable passages JFK said:
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…"
Images: Lunar sample made of mare basalt encased in a glass pyramid with rectangular base. This piece of moon rock was brought back to earth by Apollo 15 mission on August 7, 1971. The rock, called “breccia”, weighs 160 grams and is more than three billion years old. Courtesy of NASA Lunar Sample Display Program.
President John F. Kennedy Speaks at Rice University. 9/12/62.
Ode to Apollo 11 and the joy of discovery
45 years ago, three astronauts blasted off on a mission to put man on the moon.
Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin make the first moonwalk, on July 20, 1969.
In these clips they can been seen planting the U.S. Flag on the lunar surface and experimenting with various types of movement in the Moon’s lower gravity, including loping strides and kangaroo hops.
From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006
Happy birthday, John Glenn! Born on July 18, 1921, he was a U.S. Marine who served in both World War II and the Korean War. In 1959, he was chosen as one of the original group of seven astronauts for NASA’s Project Mercury, and then on February 20, 1962, he became the first American to orbit Earth, as well as the fifth human in space.
After many years in the military and at NASA, Glenn served as a US Senator from Ohio for 24 years. In 1998, at the age of 77, Glenn returned to space to study the effects of space flight on the elderly.
"IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER"
Unbeknownst to the American people, one President Nixon’s speechwriters, William Safire, was asked to write a statement that the President would make to the American people in the event of a disaster and the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the Moon. Though never delivered, it remains an eloquent tribute to the bravery and pioneering spirit of the astronauts. When the astronauts of Apollo 11 returned safely to earth, their mission was hailed around the world as an achievement of epic proportions, and this statement was quietly tucked away into the record.
An employe of Russian Space Training Center hangs out to dry space suits (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo)
A Saturn V rocket launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 16, 1969, carrying the crew of Apollo 11 on their historic mission to the surface of the Moon.
From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, compiled 1962 - 1981. Record Group 255: Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006
Apollo 11, the first spaceflight to put men on the moon, launched 45 years ago today!
Neil deGrasse Tyson is not impressed with all your sexism.
Edit: This post made it to the Science tag! As a science aficionado, this of course makes me happy.
So lots of people have reblogged pointing out the irony that I didn’t even include the names of the scientists in my original post. This is mostly true. I did include their names on my post, but that was only in the tag section, and even then it was for my own reference purposes. Had I known this was going to be reblogged like mad and added to an educational category I, would have at least included links to their respective biographies and stuff, instead of only just my glib commentary.*
But that is what the edit feature is for, I suppose. SO HERE ARE SOME LINKS:
* Not that I will ever regret writing glib commentary about Neil deGrasse Tyson throwing some serious shade at the past.
So timely! I’m just about finished on my second piece, this time about women in science and how Hubble wouldn’t have a career without them.