Sunday, 26 August 2012

Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

Neil Armstrong
20 July 1969.  I remember watching the first moon landing on TV.  Just fuzzy, blurred images and crackling audio, but one of the most amazing, exciting, mind-blowing, uplifting experiences ever. The whole world watched and accompanied Neil Armstrong as he became the first human being to set foot on another planet.

The audio and visuals have improved over the ensuing 40 years.  We now get fantastic pictures from the surface of Mars.

Curiosity leaves tracks on Mars, 22 Aug 2012
Also exciting and mind-blowing.  But these are the tracks I want to see on Mars, and further afield:

Apollo 11 : one of the first footprints on the Moon
And today, in this 40th anniversary year of the last man on the moon, Randall Munroe can update his sobering graphic:

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