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Obviousman
2009-Jun-04, 11:23 AM
Could I advertise that there will be a four day celebration of the Apollo 11 landing held in Canberra, ACT, Australia?

http://www.jsaxon.org/space/hsk/Reunions/40th2009/Logo%20small.jpg

It will involve visits to the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex and Honeysuckle Creek (which played a pivotal role in the Apollo missions); a sychronised repeat of the events and TV broadcasts 40 years ago; talks by people who were there 40 years ago; and the screening of two full length movies: THE WONDER OF IT ALL by Jeff Roth, and LIVE FROM THE MOON - THE STORY OF APOLLO TELEVISION.

This is going to be a not to be missed event for anyone interested in Apollo. Why not come along and join us space geeks? You'll get to meet such Australian Apollo era celebrities such as Mike Dinn and John Saxon, as well as Apollo author Colin Mackellar.

You can get details from:

http://www.jsaxon.org/space/hsk/Reunions/40th2009/

If you'd like to check out the trailer from THE WONDER OF IT ALL, then check here:

http://www.thewonderofitallfilm.com/trailer.html

(broadband speed required)

The movies alone are worth attending!

Thanks!

Polyrealastic Observer
2009-Jun-04, 04:01 PM
It would be nice if someone does something here in Florida. I can have a Spaghetti dinner for 5 at my place in Stuart. Anybody bringing "moonwalk" drinks?

spacecraftfilms
2009-Jun-04, 04:52 PM
And info on Live From the Moon can be found here:

http://www.livefromthemoon.tv

KaiYeves
2009-Jun-04, 11:25 PM
I don't know if there's anything here in NYC, but I've scheduled my Space Academy session to include July 20th for just that reason.

Gemini
2009-Jun-05, 02:55 AM
I don't know if there's anything here in NYC, but I've scheduled my Space Academy session to include July 20th for just that reason.

Also on July 10th is the Apollo Saturn Reunion at the Space and rocket center. Too bad it wasn't closer to the actual anniversary like last year. You ought to come to one, they had Story Musgrave, Skylab astronaut Owen Garriot, and the director of the Ares project at MSFC speak at last year's reunion.

I've got college orientation the day of and before the reunion, but, the cool thing about the college I'm going is that it's just across the street from the Center. :D

Jason Chapman
2009-Jun-05, 04:00 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if President Obama made some kind of Kennedy style historic speech on going back to the moon, he seems very big on speeches lately.

KaiYeves
2009-Jun-05, 08:34 PM
Also on July 10th is the Apollo Saturn Reunion at the Space and rocket center. Too bad it wasn't closer to the actual anniversary like last year. You ought to come to one, they had Story Musgrave, Skylab astronaut Owen Garriot, and the director of the Ares project at MSFC speak at last year's reunion.
Well, I'd probably need some kind of fancy registration to get in, so it's probably for the better that I won't be in the city/town that day.

Gemini
2009-Jun-05, 09:27 PM
Well, I'd probably need some kind of fancy registration to get in, so it's probably for the better that I won't be in the city/town that day.

Actually, tickets are fairly inexpensive and it's open to the public (How else do you think I got in :D )

01101001
2009-Jun-05, 11:21 PM
The San Francisco Bay Area gets Buzz'd.

USS Hornet: Splashdown 2009 (http://www.uss-hornet.org/posters/splashdown/index.shtml)


In 1969, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet recovered the first two NASA missions that landed men on the moon – Apollo 11 and Apollo 12. The ship is the largest surviving artifact from these incredible events, which are among the most important in the history of humankind.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon by attending Splashdown 2009 on the USS Hornet -- the primary recovery ship for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions.
[...]
On Saturday, July 25th, the featured speaker will be former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 11 and the 2nd man to walk on the moon.The USS Hornet will serve as a premier platform for the release of Buzz Aldrin’s newest book: “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon.”

Google Map aerial view (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&num=100&ie=UTF8&radius=0.13&sll=37.772754,-122.303292&sspn=0.002858,0.004828&filter=0&rq=1&t=h&ll=37.772733,-122.303072&spn=0.002858,0.004828&z=18) (can't quite see the painted footprints)

01101001
2009-Jul-05, 01:18 AM
New York Times (via San Jose Mercury): Marketers look to the heavens to honor the first moon walk (http://www.mercurynews.com/nationworld/ci_12750730)


How high the moon? For marketers and media companies, the sky seems to be the limit as they prepare a cosmic — and commercial — commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon.
The anniversary, to be observed July 20, is the subject of advertising campaigns, books, DVDs, tribute merchandise, events and film festivals, along with enough trinkets to stuff a space capsule.

We came in profit for all mankind.

KaiYeves
2009-Jul-06, 12:10 AM
I started a thread for commemorative fan-fiction on the Marvel Comics boards.

Gemini
2009-Jul-06, 02:15 AM
New York Times (via San Jose Mercury): Marketers look to the heavens to honor the first moon walk (http://www.mercurynews.com/nationworld/ci_12750730)



We came in profit for all mankind.


Merchandising, Merchandising!-Yogurt

ngc3314
2009-Jul-07, 02:39 PM
As unusually good examples, though I won't go into detail so as not to flout board rules - I just got an announcement that the "When We Left Earth" video series can be purchased for the next few days for US$20 (30 for Blu-Ray). And I have recently seen "From the Earth to the Moon" in a boxed DVD set for about $23 at a Prominent Membership Discount Store Chain.

I'll be away at a meeting during the anniversary. Must take the DVD of the mission video along to track as time permits. Maybe beforehand I'll go downstairs and ponder my personally inscribed and autographed photo of the Apollo 11 CDR, obtained by my father back when the astronaut would do such things. (I know, that sounds like such a fanboy thing to do at my age...)

Say, Gemini - did you see that the NASA Art Program touring exhibit is at the Huntsville Museum of Art until about August 16?

Gemini
2009-Jul-07, 05:54 PM
No I didn't. I ought to check it out while I'm moving in at UAH.

matthewota
2009-Jul-10, 04:45 PM
I am surprised that the media in England and in Australia is focusing attention on the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 more than the media in the USA.

THE US media is more concerned with pop stars....

KaiYeves
2009-Jul-10, 09:39 PM
I already got two contributions to my fan fiction thread and I sent somebody else on the site a PM directing them to it, so I may have a third by the time I log on there later today.

aerovoid
2009-Jul-14, 03:10 AM
Figured I'd bump this thread instead of starting a new one.

Regarding the Apollo 11 lost tapes which were supposedly found recently, but NASA denied the claim. Well according to a slashdot (http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/07/13/2342220/NASA-Has-the-Lost-Tapes?from=rss) article that was posted today, they have been found. NASA is going to be holding a briefing on the 16th (link to press release) (http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/jul/HQ_M09-125_Newseum_Apollo_tapes.html). It doesn't say anything about the slow scan tapes, so I'm not sure what the deal really is here.

matthewota
2009-Jul-14, 03:19 AM
I am collecting every news article I can about the anniversary. So far the English and Australian newspapers are publishing more stories than American ones.

Buzz-Lite-Punch
2009-Jul-14, 12:30 PM
I am surprised that the media in England and in Australia is focusing attention on the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 more than the media in the USA.

THE US media is more concerned with pop stars....

Not so much in my area. I wonder if there’s any local astronomical club that is holding any event to celebrate Apollo 11 40th year.

Argos
2009-Jul-14, 12:37 PM
Phil and Jay cited on the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/14/science/space/14hoax.html?hpw)

Buzz-Lite-Punch
2009-Jul-14, 12:43 PM
NASA TV has some excellent archival footage with classical music set to the images so perfectly classical music is the universal music.

NASA TV
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

KaiYeves
2009-Jul-15, 12:35 AM
classical music is the universal music.
'Tis.

Gemini
2009-Jul-15, 01:04 AM
I'm going to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville on Saturday for both the 40th Apollo 11 anniversay and my birthday.

Postmortem
2009-Jul-15, 02:24 AM
Have you guys seen this http://wechoosethemoon.org/ it's a sort of recreation of the Apollo 11 mission, online in real time

KaiYeves
2009-Jul-15, 08:31 PM
Out of the four stories I've received so far, I'm creating a found poem/exquisite corpse kind of thing.

DonM435
2009-Jul-16, 08:21 PM
Turner Classic Movies on Monday, July 20 (all times are Eastern U.S.):

6:00 AM They Came From Beyond Space (1967)
7:30 AM From The Earth To The Moon (1958)
9:11 AM Short Film: Let's Sing A Song About The Moonlight (1948)
9:30 AM First Men in the Moon (1964)
11:14 AM Short Film: Look Into The 23rd Century, A (1976)
11:30 AM Twelve to the Moon (1960)
1:00 PM Destination Moon (1950)
2:40 PM Short Film: 2010: The Odyssey Continues (1984)
3:00 PM Mouse On The Moon, The (1963)
4:30 PM Have Rocket, Will Travel (1959)
8:00 PM Trip to the Moon, A (1902)
8:15 PM For All Mankind (1989)
9:49 PM Short Film: On Location With Westworld (1973)
10:00 PM Right Stuff, The (1983)
1:30 AM Marooned (1969)
3:45 AM Capricorn One (1978)

Some good ones in there. Details at tcm.com.

Nick
2009-Jul-16, 08:43 PM
There is a lot more here - I start with (my hero) Buzz interview - on the right are related videos of Apollo 11.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2009/jul/04/buzz-aldrin-moon-landing

Nick

Alan G. Archer
2009-Jul-17, 01:54 AM
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be celebrating (http://www.omsi.edu/events) the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 2009.

On July 28, Andrew Chaikin is scheduled to give a lecture at OMSI's OMNIMAX Theater.

KaiYeves
2009-Jul-17, 01:59 AM
NASA's logo on their pages replaces the blue circle and starfield with the moon today.

DonM435
2009-Jul-19, 10:02 PM
Since I posted this list of the Turner Classic Movies lineup for tomorrow, maybe I ought to include recommendations.

6:00 AM They Came From Beyond Space (1967)

I’m not familiar with this one, but it has a pretty good cast of British players. Question: What the heck would you expect to find beyond space?

7:30 AM From The Earth To The Moon (1958)

From, of course, a Jules Verne novel. Slow going as I remember.

9:11 AM Short Film: Let's Sing A Song About The Moonlight (1948)

Haven’t seen it.

9:30 AM First Men in the Moon (1964)

A U.S. mission reaches the Moon . . . and finds a tattered (!) British flag. It seems that the place was claimed long ago for Queen Victoria. It’s traced to a fellow in an old folks’ home, who tells (flashback) of how he and Dr. Cavor visited the Moon via the latter’s antigravity device . . . in 1899. Charming fantasy, starring Edward Judd, Martha Hyer and Lionel Jeffries, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen (bug people and lunar monsters).

11:14 AM Short Film: Look Into The 23rd Century, A (1976)

Haven’t seen it.

11:30 AM Twelve to the Moon (1960)

Typical 1950’s “sci-fi.” Yes, I know it was 1960.

1:00 PM Destination Moon (1950)

Producer George Pal tried to respect the science and technology of the day. He largely succeeded, though the film plods somewhat. He must know how Kubrick felt many years later.

2:40 PM Short Film: 2010: The Odyssey Continues (1984)

If this is the documentary I recall, watch for a great outtake collection wherein Roy Scheider tries to suggest zero gravity by sticking some props on an invisible panel. The things keep falling off. Sometime about Take 30, they adhere perfectly. However, Roy’s so impressed that he blows his lines and ruins the take anyway.

3:00 PM Mouse On The Moon, The (1963)

This was a sequel to the hit 1959 comedy The Mouse That Roared. It lacks Peter Sellers, but is quite funny in a low-key way. A gentle British inventor takes a leisurely route to the Moon, and confounds the competing U.S. and U.S.S.R. crews.

4:30 PM Have Rocket, Will Travel (1959)

If you like The Three Stooges, you may get a chuckle out of this. Joe De Rita’s no Curly or Shemp, and the others are getting old, but it’s a decent time-filler.

[This was missing rom the original listing:]
6:00 PM Moon Pilot (1962)

A Disney film. Haven't seen it since I was a little kid, but even then I found it rather silly.

8:00 PM Trip to the Moon, A (1902)

Admirable ten-minute storytelling by the original master of film fantasy, George Méliès. You’ll enjoy this silent.

8:15 PM For All Mankind (1989)

Documentary. Haven’t seen it.

9:49 PM Short Film: On Location With Westworld (1973)

Haven’t seen it.

10:00 PM Right Stuff, The (1983)

Honored and acclaimed film about the original spacemen. I found it overly long and uninvolving, but I’m in the minority here.

1:30 AM Marooned (1969)

A good John Sturges drama, exploring dilemma of astronauts stranded in orbit with Gregory Peck and David Janssen trying to rescue them.

3:45 AM Capricorn One (1978)

Imaginative (and notorious) flick by Peter (2010) Hyams. The U.S. Space Agency has to fake a Mars landing and cover up the fraud. I’m sure it’s here as fuel for all conspiracy enthusiasts. Imaginative. Stars Hal Holbrook, Elliot Gould, Karen Black, James Brolin and the inimitable O.J. Simpson. See the rocket scientists outwitted by Telly Savalas in a crop duster!
.



Dissenting opinions and reviews are are welcome.

Obviousman
2009-Jul-20, 05:19 AM
Just got back from the first of many days events celebrating the Apollo 40th anniversary. The first event today was at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex, ACT, Australia, where the communications dish that received the first TV pictures from Apollo 11 is being decommissioned. The dish was first at Honeysuckle Creek, and was then moved to the CDSCC in 1981.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v241/evilroyburton/Apollo%2040th%20Anniversary/Presentation1E-1.jpg
The current director of the CDSCC speaks.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v241/evilroyburton/Apollo%2040th%20Anniversary/presentation2F-1.jpg
Mike Dinn thanks all present

There were some familiar names there, too. At last you can put a face to them:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v241/evilroyburton/Apollo%2040th%20Anniversary/MikeDinnD-1.jpg
Mike Dinn

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v241/evilroyburton/Apollo%2040th%20Anniversary/BillWoodA-1.jpg
Bill Wood

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v241/evilroyburton/Apollo%2040th%20Anniversary/JohnSaxonC-1.jpg
John Saxon

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v241/evilroyburton/Apollo%2040th%20Anniversary/ColinMackellarB-1.jpg
Colin Mackellar

mahesh
2009-Jul-20, 10:01 AM
Further to Buzz Aldrin's recent travels to this part of the world, apparently there has been a little competition for kids...sending words of wisdom to the Moon. In the first footstep(s) of Neil Armstrong. The messages have been 'bounced off' the Moon, the echoes caught by the Lovell Telescope at / by Jodrell Bank Observatory astronomers.

Amongst a few quotes from the children (various ages)...I cite the two winners here..
Torquay's Raymond Tait: Welcome to the first outpost of the last frontier.
Londoner Lydia Stanley: Today the Moon - Tomorrow the Universe!
(the two older kids...Kai, you'd identify with them and they with you!)

How nice for the kids. All kids! Picture of a few kids posing at the Dish at Jodrell.

mahesh
2009-Jul-20, 10:35 AM
Another thing I forgot to mention....standing outside the library to open, this morning..the shutters eventually go up....I am sort of watching this thing inch up making a slight rocket racket....a small crowd of people, waiting to enter...I see this small sign saying..Apollo Shutters...
So I make a comment to the lady / girl, next to me...hey look Apollo Shutters! Going up! July 20! Moon Landing! She beams, delighted, surprised...probably thinking whataweirdo...no no, I think she acknowledged the day....some elders in the group too....

Also, there's a snippet about Mr Aldrin / Apollo 11....Weird Fact of the Day:
When Buzz Aldrin followed Neil Armstrong on to the Moon's surface, (forty years ago, tomorrow, our time) he had to be very careful and make sure not to close the door behind him - the Lunar Module didn't have a door handle on the outside, so they could have been locked out of the craft.

....some guys make it up as they go along!....filling column inches

********
Argos, thanks for the NYT link, for our BAUTzens quotes. It's very nice to see in print and be recognised.

On this anniversary...For BAUTzens who may be interested....if you'd care to google-in...panoramas dot dk stroke moon....
in 'Quicktime' it shows great compilation of Apollo 11 thru' 17 visits....it's the only one i know.

Nick
2009-Jul-20, 11:39 AM
The full transcript and debriefing notes on this:

http://www.hq.nasa.gov/alsj/frame.html



109:41:28 Aldrin: Okay. Now I want to back up and partially close the hatch. (Long Pause) Making sure not to lock it on my way out.

109:41:53 Armstrong: (Laughs) A particularly good thought.

[The hatch can be opened from the outside, if necessary. The reason for almost closing the hatch is, I believe, to prevent radiative cooling of the cabin. Neither Neil or Buzz remembered any specific reason.]

[Armstrong (straight-faced) - "To avoid having somebody say 'Were you born in a barn?'"]

[Aldrin - "Now that you bring it up, what would have happened if the valve had gotten screwed up or something and it started re-pressurizing."]

[Armstrong - "You'd never get back in."]

[Aldrin - "Did we really ever investigate that problem? (Chuckling) It probably would have been a good idea to use a brick or a camera to keep it from closing. Somebody must have thought about that."]

[I recalled that the dump valve could be opened from the outside.]

[Aldrin - "We had a handle (on the outside) to unlatch it. But, considering the difficulty we had, if you had a couple of psi (in the cabin), you'd never get it open. (Half seriously) Well, you'd get it open, but you'd never get the bent hatch closed again."]

[Actually, the handle is the weak point.]

[Aldrin, from the 1969 Technical Debrief - "Once I had my feet and posterior out the hatch, Neil was in good position to help me move out, by just observing the profile of the PLSS and it matched with the hatch opening."]

Nick

NEOWatcher
2009-Jul-20, 02:56 PM
For as minor as some things that Google commemorates, I am very disappointed that they aren't commemorating the landing today with thier usual logo manipulations.

H4wkeye
2009-Jul-20, 03:13 PM
This is awesome!40 years since we first landed on the moon and i feel so excited,like a kid when he gets a new toy!
P.S.It makes me sad people still dont believe we actually landed,even after all those proofs :|,what a sad world this is.Instead of supporting the joint cause they just keep thinking of some new conspiracies...

mahesh
2009-Jul-20, 04:29 PM
Good timely link Nick...thanks.
Funny conversation too! Laugh-out loud.
I wish the reporter / compiler of this morning's snippet had mentioned a bit of background. Like yours.

On another front, I've come across at least four people, so far today, who've said ...if they ever did go there...in response to conversation about Apollo landings and this significant anniversary. Sad.

Glom
2009-Jul-20, 05:23 PM
All the old gang are back on NASA TV. Lovell and Cernan were there earlier. We have Duke now. How many times have these guys done this? I wonder if they're sick of it by now.

ToSeek
2009-Jul-20, 05:27 PM
I have one of those t-shirts!

Gemini
2009-Jul-20, 07:04 PM
For as minor as some things that Google commemorates, I am very disappointed that they aren't commemorating the landing today with thier usual logo manipulations.

Youtube is.

NEOWatcher
2009-Jul-20, 07:34 PM
Youtube is.
Actually; Google has recently updated since I posted the comment (http://www.bautforum.com/1532756-post35.html).

I wonder if it was an oversight, or if there were complaints, or some purposeful reason for posting later in the day (like the actual time of landing)

mahesh
2009-Jul-21, 10:49 AM
Nice graphics though NEO... ...Google illustration/commemoration.
Perhaps co-incident with Time Of Landing.

mahesh
2009-Jul-21, 11:07 AM
Browsing the 'net for the Solar eclipse tomorrow....i bumped into this...
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-07/21/content_11741529.htm
Google's intention for 3D mapping of Moon

kleindoofy
2009-Jul-21, 08:16 PM
One of the 'public' (= 'state') television stations in Germany, the Bavarian Radio, showed the *full length* original German television broadcast from July 20th 1969. No breaks, no cuts.

That was from about an hour before separation of the CM/LM until about one hour after the landing in Tranquility and then again about one hour prior to the walk up until after the LM lift off.

The last part was in real time, i.e. to the second at the same of day as the original.

They did this ten years ago too. Too cool!

They have a watered down version they show every so often at night, but the full length version is great to watch.

DonM435
2009-Jul-22, 04:57 PM
Sorry we didn't have that type of show here. I vaguely recall the original broadcast, and seeing in play out that way would have been interesting.

Some years ago, a U.S. cable channel ("A&E") showed kinescope (or tape) of the network coverage of the 1963 Kennedy assassination in real time -- they began a show, then cut away for the bulletin, and stayed with in for five or six hours. It was fascinating to watch the story unfold that way, and how the reporters coped with each new difficulty in getting the facts.