21 July 2019

50 years since the Moon Landing

I've learned a lot in the commemoration of 50 years since the first walk on the Moon. The Apollo 11 in Real Time website allows you to experience the audio and the visuals for the entire mission, with much useful commentary.

In particular some highlights:
  • The routine nature of much of the communication i.e. relaying positions and alignment is still very special.
  • Buzz Aldrin taking Communion on the Moon as one of the very first things he did. His faith meant that much to him.
  • Michael Collins, ship comedian.
  • The fact that only the audio was transmitted live on television; the networks had to rely on models and animation to provide a visual update to the audience - and because of the need for Armstrong to take manual control, the CBS simulation finished early.
 Hopefully, we'll be watching another lunar landing live before 2030.

13 July 2019

Update on things

Just to let everyone know that I'm still alive. The next timetable post is being worked on, but it might be a while before it is actually done.

I've arguably spent too long banging my head against the proverbial wall in debates with Corbynites on Reddit and Twitter...