CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1997
Re "Promising the Moon--for $15.99," June 23: Sorry, Dennis Hope, you're 35 years too late in claiming the moon! My name and about 40 others have been staked on the lunar surface since the early '60s. While working at Pasadena's JPL on the Ranger project, we had the names of all the system test team inscribed on gold-plated shims, which were installed on the Ranger spacecraft. It was designed to impact the lunar surface after sending back TV pictures for the Apollo landing sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 1998
Re "Water Possibly Found on Moon," March 6: I find it a little more than coincidental that just as the American public is beginning to grumble about the billions of taxpayers' dollars being squandered by NASA on its outer space joy rides, it is announced that water has been "possibly" found on the moon. How convenient that after almost three long decades, a discovery is publicized that would give the taxpayers a little return on their "investment." The entire article seems to be based on hypotheses and conjectures.
August 30, 2013 |
Looking for a Labor Day sky-watching plan? Keep your eye out for Jupiter. The giant gaseous planet will be the second-brightest body in the sky, after the moon, this weekend, and you won't be able to miss it, according to EarthSky.org. The bummer for late-night partiers is that the best view of the planet will be early in the morning, some time around dawn. But early risers will have a front-row seat to the show. At 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, look low in the sky to the East to find Jupiter right next to a thin crescent moon.
September 12, 2012 |
Fifty years ago today, President Kennedy made his case to the American people that the country should send a man to the moon. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy but because they are hard,” Kennedy told an outdoor audience at Rice University in Houston. The Sept. 12, 1962, speech came more than a year after the Soviets sent cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin into space, becoming the first human to orbit the Earth. His April 12, 1961, flight lasted less than two hours, but the space race was on. Three weeks later, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American to travel to space with a five-minute suborbital flight.
July 21, 2011
NASA fans distraught over the end of the space shuttle program may find a bit of solace in the presentation "Apollo 15 + 40 Years: Serious Science on the Moon," which chronicles the fourth manned lunar landing, in 1971, through video and photographs. John Drescher Planetarium, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. Fri. $5 general admission, $4 seniors and children. (310) 434-3005. http://www.smc.edu/planetarium.
September 11, 2011 |
Shaking off a two-day delay that began with swirling winds on the coast of Florida, NASA launched its GRAIL mission to the moon Saturday, seeking a greater understanding of Earth's nearest neighbor through a promising dual-spacecraft technology. The Delta II rocket carrying the paired washing-machine-sized craft that make up the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory lifted off into a blue sky from Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 9:08 a.m. About 90 minutes later, NASA confirmed that GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B had separated from the rocket, unfurled their solar panels and begun a 31/2-month trip to the moon.
July 20, 2012 |
On July 20, 1969, millions of people around the world gathered in front of black-and-white television sets to see the unbelievable -- the first man walking on the moon. Forty-three years later, Jason Kottke, the guy behind the blog Kottke.org, invites you to gather around your computers and watch the exact same broadcast in a live online event. He has created a Web page where you can see the original CBS News coverage of the event, complete with Walter Cronkite reporting and an old television frame to heighten the nostalgic experience.
September 23, 2013 |
How old is the moon? Not as old as we once thought. The moon is likely to be 4.4 billion to 4.45 billion years old, or about 100 million years younger than previously thought, according to new research by geochemist Richard Carlson of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. It may be the closest body to us in space, but scientists are still not sure exactly how, or when, it formed. PHOTOS: Mysterious moons of the solar system The current working theory suggests that the moon formed when a large proto-planet plowed into the early Earth, creating a major explosion that sent huge amounts of rocky debris into space.