On July 21th, 1969 Neil Armstrong
and Buzz Aldrin
waited within paper thin walls on the surface of the Moon. Hours ago they had made history by being the first humans to land and walk on its surface
. Now the only thing left to do was take off. All that entailed was performing the final test of the Lunar Module
: launching from the lunar surface with no on-site support or possibility of fixes if something failed. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Jul 21, 2014 -
What the hell happened to the Luna 23 probe
? As part of the Soviet Union's Luna program
, it was designed to collect a small sample of lunar regolith
and return it to Earth. But despite landing, it failed to leave the moon. Two years later, Luna 24
landed nearby and managed to attain and return a sample, but its geological properties conflicted wildly with what was expected. What the hell happened with Luna 24? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Apr 25, 2012 -
Udderly Amazing. [SLYT]
15-year-old German girl could not have a horse, so she trained one of her family's cows to become a show jumper. Luna the cow has come to navigate the pasture with equine ease.
posted by Fizz
on Apr 6, 2011 -
Former members of Luna, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, make lovely videos
together. Dean also fronted Galaxie 500 and Britta was the singing voice of 80's cartoon character, Jem.
posted by vronsky
on May 21, 2007 -
is a series of webcams and underwater microphones
placed off of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. They are part of OrcaLab
started by Dr. Spong in 1970 to study wild orca. It appears the cameras are manned and observations of behavior and movement are made here in the left-hand column
. Combined, it makes for some good viewing--today alone I saw and heard different pods greeting each other, saw spyhops
, stomach rubbing along the shore, and tailslaps. Ken Balcomb at the Center for Whale Research
has been studying the orca around the San Juan Islands, Washington since 1976. They also have a webcam
and still shots
. You may remember the story of Springer
being reunited with her pod. (discussed here
) There is also a young male named Luna
L98 who has been separated from his pod for two years. His situation
has reached a crisis while Canadian officials have taken a wait-and-see approach. In the last few days, Luna was wounded by a boat propeller
and has a 6-8inch long 1.5inch deep gash above one eye. Maybe Canada will act now. With only 79 individuals in the Southern Resident population, down from 92 in 1991, every individual is important.
posted by lobakgo
on Aug 28, 2003 -
This reminded me of one of the stupidest things I've ever seen.
Once on vacation in Eastern Oregon, there was a total eclipse of the moon, just like this one. And some people nearby were taking photographs of it.
photographs. The round-trip time to the moon at the speed of light is 3 seconds and I wouldn't even want to calculate the attenuation caused by 320,000 miles of range.
Sometimes it seems as if some people are completely and totally clueless about what they're doing.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jul 25, 2000 -