Sunday, 29 January 2012

We went to the moon...



On July 20th 1969 a human stepped out of a Lunar Module onto the moon...
Nearly 43 years later it is still mind blowing ,

The 3 astronauts; Neil Armstrong, Edwin `Buzz` Aldrin Jr and Michael Collins left earth on July 16th at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida USA in a Saturn V rocket...



Still to this day the  most powerful machine man has ever built, designed by German Wernher von Braun, an ex WW2 Rocket scientist.
The rockets burned  20 tons of fuel a second on take off, produced 7,500,000 LBS of thrust from its first stage 5 engines which pushed the rocket to seven times the speed of sound. 40 miles high it was still accelerating.
It must have been mind blowing sitting on top of that thing...

Here an ace  film that shows the power of  the Saturn V engines at lift off, to the  well suited music of Gustaf Holst`s `Mars The Bringer of War`...



After a 2nd seperation the Apollo 11 headed for the moon, as did Apollo 8 before it, except this mission was to descend to the surface.

With Collins in the Command Module Armstrong and Aldrin descend in the Luner Module (LM) to the Moon surface to touch down in The Sea of Tranquillity...


Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon, Millions of people all around the world watched in wonder...



History in the making...


There were  further Apollo missions to the Moon and a total of 12 different astronauts walked on the moon and 6 drove the lunar rover buggies...


They served a purpose but looked good fun too!...



There is so much info about the Moon Program to digest!, the Wikipedia Apollo program is a good read if interested..

Here is a good film of the  Apollo 11 footage...



It is amazing to think all the bases of the LMs,  flags, and rovers are all just sitting there as are Russian unmanned equipment from landings...
and all the footprints...
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Hold on! that's a Surly fat tyre print on the moon!... so its true they do exist!  -:)


2 comments:

  1. Ok, that's not what I was thinking it be!! Lol
    You still waiting on your ML Bruce??

    Peace

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  2. No not waiting now Joe...The Eagle has `finally` landed -:)

    more soon...

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