It’s the 51st anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and while it’s not one of those big, fancy, “ends in a zero!” anniversaries, it’s still a great opportunity to re-live the experience. A reminder to all that the ApolloInRealTime.org site is available any time you want to listen to a number of the Apollo missions. It’s truly an incredible site, with not just *ALL* of the audio but tons of video, pictures, and other materials all synced to the mission time line. In addition, it’s not just the ground to space audio, but there are multiple side tracks from the different flight controllers all talking to one another.
At the moment one of the listening options is to have it playing in “real time” as it did in 1969, but you can listen to any part, any time.
So that’s pretty spectacular, there’s a comet that’s still up there and very visible for the next couple of weeks (and then visible in binoculars and small telescopes for another couple of months), and there are folks doing almost unbelievable feats in space every day.
SpaceX did another satellite launch, and stuck the landing on the booster on their drone ship out in the middle of the Atlantic, and for the first time caught both payload fairing halves for re-use. (They’ve successfully recovered both fairing halves on several flights, fishing them out of the ocean and then getting them refurbished for re-flight and re-use.) That’s the 57th successful landing of a first stage booster by SpaceX, something I remember first hearing about maybe seven or eight years ago and initially believing to be utterly ridiculous to even try, let alone succeed at.
Astonishing wonders 51 years ago – astonishing wonders today.
Let’s not forget, but let’s also keep pressing on.