Posts Tagged ‘earth’

One small step for man

August 25, 2012
Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Neil Armstrong on the Moon

Earth seen from the Moon - Neil Armstrong RIP

Earth seen from the Moon – Neil Armstrong RIP

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. — Neil Armstrong

There can be no great accomplishment without risk. — Neil Armstrong

We thought he was going to show us the moon. In reality he let us see earth properly for the first time. RIP Neil Armstrong. — Pandora Stevens

These famous words were spoken by Neil Armstrong from the surface of the Moon, the first astronaut to set foot on the moon.

I recall watching this live and can remember it as though yesterday.

Until the Americans set foot on the surface of the Moon and beat the Soviets in the Space Race, the Russians were the first to put a man in space, the Moon was something you read about in the novels of Jules Verne, Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein.

Neil Armstrong was commander of Apollo 11. He took manual control of the Eagle, flew over an area strewn with boulders, with only seconds of fuel left, he found a safe place to land and announced to the world: Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed.

He and fellow astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the moon, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.

The Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra sang about flying to the moon but Neil Armstrong did it twice.

Long before Michael Jackson was moonwalking through the years, Neil Armstrong was doing it on the Moon.

Long before Pink Floyd discovered the Dark Side of the Moon Neil Armstrong was on the light side.

The Moon landing took place on 20 July 1969.

No other act of human exploration ever laid a plaque saying “We Come In Peace For All Mankind”.

Born in 1930 and raised in Ohio, Neil Armstrong took his first flight aged six with his father and formed a lifelong passion for flying.

He flew Navy fighter jets during the Korean War in the 1950s, and joined the US space programme in 1962.

Apollo 11 was to be his last space mission. In 1971, he left the US space agency Nasa to teach aerospace engineering.

I was one of those privileged to handle one of the rocks brought back from the Moon, and was later to work on the design of an experiment on a satellite that measured CO2 in the atmosphere and led to our knowledge of global warming.

I learnt tonight of the sad news of the death of Neil Armstrong (1930-2012).

Special thanks to Bianca Jagger for videos of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

Yuri Gagarin, was the first man in space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. He died some years ago in a fatal accident.

Sputnik was the first orbiting satellite.

On a clear night, look up at the Moon, think of Neil Armstrong and give it a wink.

Top Story in EARTH recommended (Monday 27 August 2012).

NASA | SDO’s Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit

June 7, 2012
Transit of Venus

Transit of Venus

Two nights ago, a Transit of Venus took place

Launched 11 February 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun’s atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate. SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.

On 5 June 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event–the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.

The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum. The red colored sun is the 304 angstrom ultraviolet, the golden colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light. 304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum.

Top Story in EARTH recommended (Friday 8 June 2012).

Star size and the known size of the universe

November 14, 2010

No, we are not the centre of the universe.

Music in the second video is from The Mass by Eric Levi from the Era trilogy.

World Hold On

August 10, 2010

Bloody awful music (I hate moronic repetitive drum tracks), but fantastic imagery.

In the beginning God

August 9, 2010

Many of the astronauts seeing earth from space experienced a mystical moment.

Man in his greed, crass stupidity and ignorance is destroying Gaian mechanisms that maintain the earth. The first six months of this year have been the hottest on record. A heat wave and forest fires in Russia, floods in India and Pakistan, a huge ice sheet 2/3 the size of the Isle of White breaks off in Greenland. When are we going to heed the signs?

Also see

Pakistan floods, Russia heat fit climate trend

Christian Theology and Gaia

Funny Weather

Moscow deaths double in heatwave

Flash floods hit central Europe

The Soul of the Earth is Hurting

June 24, 2010
structure of the planet Earth

structure of the planet Earth

comparison of planets Earth and Gliese 581 c

comparison of planets Earth and Gliese 581 c

The Earth is hurting there are more earth-quakes happening frequently, why is this?

The Earth is hurting the temperatures are getting hotter and hotter as the years pass by

The earth is hurting there are more wars (war on nature, war on man) and children being injured mentally and physically.

Where are we heading as a human race?

Are we hoping to make it to Gliese 581 c when we wake up and realize that our e-a-r-t-h is in crumbles and human extinction?

From a Facebook note by Nika Marie Parham. Also posted on her blog.

Also see

A hole in the world

‘I want my life back’

Earth Our Mother

May 27, 2010

Earth our mother, breathe forth life
all night sleeping
now awakening
…in the east
now see the dawn.

Earth our mother, breathe and waken
leaves are stirring
all things moving
new day coming
life renewing.

— Nika Marie Parham

Celebrating Earth Day

April 24, 2010

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope. HAPPY EARTH DAY… EVERYDAY!”

— Tadeh Daschi

Earth Day is celebrated every 22 April.

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