Many fictional moon voyages preceded the Apollo landing

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Accompanied by innumerable points of light, the moon’s luminous disk hovered overhead like a dim substitute for the sun, just with a shape not so constant. Rather the moon waxed and waned, diminishing to a barely discernible sliver before disappearing and then gradually restoring itself to fullness.

It was obviously far away, yet sometimes ‘ especially when on the horizon ‘ seemed so near. Its size, its phases, its peculiar blemishes resembling a face, made the moon an enduring mystery for all ancient civilizations.

In virtually every culture throughout history, the moon acquired an elaborate mythology. For the Greeks the moon was the goddess Selene (or Artemis, or Phoebe); for the Romans, Luna or Diana; for the Chinese, Chang’e. For some other cultures ‘ the Inuit peoples of the Arctic, for instance ‘ the moon was a male deity.’

Publisher: Science News
Date: 2019-07-11T06:00:25-04:00
Author: Tom Siegfried
Twitter: @ScienceNews
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50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates

Loudon Wainwright Jr., father and grandfather of songwriters and musicians, was a prominent literary balladeer of 1960s culture, and ‘ just as Americans might tire of 50-year commemorations of humankind’s greatest space adventure ‘ he felt a creeping sense of tedium, almost boredom, at Cape Kennedy as he awaited the launch of Apollo 11.

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Consider what we know now since Armstrong fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s pledge to send an American to the moon and return him safely to Earth; that we now know that von Braun, brilliant developer of the Saturn V booster that propelled Apollo 11, almost certainly employed slave labor developing missiles for Hitler’s Nazi Germany; that we now know that since that starry, starry night so long ago, America, which had not given plausible thought in a century to removing a president, has considered impeaching three chief executives and actually did it once; and that the White House that glowed with Kennedy’s shining vision would be shrouded in dark questions about Lyndon B. Johnson’s credibility, Richard Nixon’s culpability and Donald Trump’s mendacity.


Publisher: latimes.com
Date: AAC9C18F70AC386BC4DCF4DDF9BF1786
Author: David Shribman
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Moon landing at 50: Five movies that depict reality of American space program

June 28 (UPI) — Fifty years ago — July 20, 1969 — Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, an event that captured the world’s attention, as well as Hollywood’s imagination.

Movies based around the idea of space travel have been around for decades, dating back to Georges Melies’ 1902 classic A Trip to the Moon. But the Apollo 11 mission brought something new to the genre: a quest for realism.

Here are the films cited by NASA scientists and other experts as the most realistic and grounded of the often-fantastic space movie genre.

Publisher: UPI
Date: 2019-06-28T03:00:07-04:00
Author: Ben Hooper
Twitter: @UPI
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Everyone’s going back to the moon. But why?

At 2.51am on Monday 15 July, engineers at India’s national spaceport at Sriharikota will blast their Chandrayaan-2 probe into orbit around the Earth. It will be the most ambitious space mission the nation has attempted. For several days, the four-tonne spacecraft will be manoeuvred above our planet before a final injection burn of its engines will send it hurtling towards its destination: the moon.

At the same time, the US has pledged to set up lunar laboratories in the near future, while Europe and Russia have also revealed plans to launch complex missions. Suddenly, everyone’s going to the moon.

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Publisher: the Guardian
Date: 2019-07-06T17:56:00.000Z
Author: Robin McKie
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