Happy 40th Anniversary, Apollo 11 Landing.
Today, we break from tales of Hawaii to commemorate mankind's single greatest achievement. Today is the 40 anniversary of the Apollo 11's landing on the moon. (If you do not believe that this really happened, then let's step outside.) Please enjoy the following links, and I hope that I've shared something new with you.
- AP11_SPACECRAFT, AP11_CAPCOM and AP11_EAGLE: These Twitter feeds share the communications between the Apollo 11 Spacecraft (orbiter), Eagle (lander) and Capcom (communications center) as the Apollo 11 mission progresses. "Touchdown" should be a little after noon today. This is the best ever use of Twitter.
- Audio of 1969 Soviet Attempt to Beat U.S. to Moon Landing: Three days before NASA's Apollo craft launched, the Russians launched an unmanned N-1 rocket as a final attempt to prove their launch capabilities. The rocket exploded just above the launch pad, but they didn't stop there. These newly re-discovered audio recordings narrate observations of Russia's unmanned Luna 15 spacecraft that attempted to land near the Apollo 11 site. This craft was orbiting the moon at the same time as Apollo 11. Luna 15 crashed on the moon's surface on July 21st, and the crash was detected by seismic equipment left behind by Apollo to measure moonquakes.
- "Live" Apollo 11 Radiocast: Listen to the "live" radio broadcast of the entire Apollo 11 mission.
As a special bonus link, enjoy this detailed description of the best jury rig ever.