July 16, 2009
Roughly 240,000 miles above this blue rock is a metal plaque bearing the words, "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind." Today, as we memorialize the launch of the mission that put it there 40 years ago, we should also remember the mission's central lesson -- that given the political will, there are few things this nation cannot achieve.
July 17, 2009 |
Forty years ago today, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were well on their way to a date with history, becoming the first men to set foot on another body in space. Events to mark the anniversary and commemorate the ever-thinning ranks of space-race veterans will include interviews with surviving Apollo astronauts and a Kennedy Center salute to the Apollo era. One highlight was the release Thursday of 15 newly digitized scenes of Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon.
September 28, 1996 |
Doug Cooney has been to the moon and back with his comic monologue "Astronaut." "At first I was fascinated by the science and anecdotal history," said Cooney, who first performed the work two years ago to mark the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing, in 1969; he presents the show's West Coast premiere tonight at the Huntington Beach Art Center. "I was a junior-high kid again. It amazed me--the seat-of-the-pants, rudimentary technology used to accomplish that deed. . . .
July 14, 1994 |
Around the clock, workers in white smocks scrambled to assemble the world's most advanced technology in Rockwell International's Building 290. Newsmen, scientists and astronauts visited, seemingly watching their every move. The floor of the hangar-like facility was littered with half-built spacecraft.
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July 21, 1999 |
Throughout most of this century in America, millions of young boys grew up wanting to be ballplayers. Society might change and eras might come and go, but that simple fact never did. For a brief shining moment in the century, however, millions of young boys set their sights higher. Much higher, such as into the stars. It seems like a long time ago, but millions of young boys once dreamed of being astronauts.
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July 31, 2005 |
For reasons that probably don't reflect well on me, I've lost interest in outer space. From a kid caught up in America's space race and who ditched a summer job to watch the 1969 moon landing, I've morphed into an adult who pays semi-attention to what NASA is up to. My only consolation is that lots of other Americans feel the same way. I didn't even know the Discovery shuttle was set for launch last week until the day before it went up.
July 21, 1989 |
Twenty years ago this week, on July 20, 1969, human beings set foot for the first time on a world other than Earth itself. Neil Armstrong stepped down onto the moon's surface and said, "This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." There were five more visits to the moon in the next few years, and then they stopped. No one has visited the moon now in 17 years. So as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of that first moon landing, we might ask: What was it all for?
December 19, 2008 |
Andrew Dawson has the whole world in his hands. For the moon, though, it takes a torso. This quirky British choreographer/performer/director/hand artist returned to Macgowan Little Theater on Wednesday night as the final presentation for this year's UCLA Live International Theatre Festival. Seated with Sven Till behind a black-draped lectern, he performed "Quatre Mains," an hour and five minutes of mesmerizing hand dances. After intermission, Dawson returned alone to re-create the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.
July 18, 1999 |
Bud Benner, 74, had worked on tough jobs before the Apollo moon project, helping to design the X-15 rocket plane that flew at six times the speed of sound. But the race to the moon was at another level of human endeavor. Assistant chief engineer at North American Aviation in Downey, Benner was grappling with one of the smallest pieces of the Apollo project and perhaps the most complex: the command module.
June 28, 1994 |
Out of the cool darkness and crackling static of space came a message any earthling could understand: "Picking up some dust." With those words, Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin E. (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. radioed Earth that his space module was 40 feet above the moon and ready to touch down. It was 1:18 p.m. on July 20, 1969--a day when America was bitterly divided over the Vietnam War and barreling on a fast track toward more political havoc.