A social media firestorm erupted earlier today when a major news agency Tweeted that Neil Armstrong had died. Well, the first man on the moon did indeed die… last year. Your humble correspondent was one of many who were caught in the rush to report the news, and fielded a post earlier today. Our readers responded with typical good humor, turning what could have been an embarrassing moment into a funny one for all of us. I’ve deleted the post to avoid any further confusion, although I have to admit that there’s a puckish side of me that would enjoy perpetuating the meme. I apologize for “disinforming” you in this instance, but at least this gives us a good opportunity to discuss how and why information (including rumors, memes and propaganda) spreads in our increasingly fast-paced media environment. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for the confusion, and without getting too personal here, I can tell you that this misstep is pretty much in character with the last few days I’ve had.… Read the rest
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All you space bloggers out there, take note: Neil Armstrong reads blogs and just might respond to you, as he did to Robert Krulwich on his NPR blog:
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Well, this doesn’t happen every day.
In yesterday’s post, I talked about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s walk across the lunar surface back in 1969 and wondered, how come they walked such a modest distance? Less than a hundred yards from their lander?
Today Neil Armstrong wrote in to say, here are the reasons:
- It was really, really hot on the moon, 200 degrees Fahrenheit. We needed protection.
- We were wearing new-fangled, water-cooled uniforms and didn’t know how long the coolant would last.
- We didn’t know how far we could go in our space suits.
- NASA wanted us to conduct our experiments in front of a fixed camera.
- We [meaning Neil] cheated just a little, and very briefly bounded off to take pictures of some interesting bedrock.
In an open letter obtained by NBC’s Jay Barbree, former astronauts Neil Armstrong, James Lovell and Eugene Cernan urge President Obama to reconsider what they warn would be “devastating” new policies for the future of NASA. Posted at NBC Nightly News/MSNBC:
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The United States entered into the challenge of space exploration under President Eisenhower’s first term, however, it was the Soviet Union who excelled in those early years. Under the bold vision of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, and with the overwhelming approval of the American people, we rapidly closed the gap in the final third; of the 20th century, and became the world leader in space exploration.
America’s space accomplishments earned the respect and admiration of the world. Science probes were unlocking the secrets of the cosmos; space technology was providing instantaneous worldwide communication; orbital sentinels were helping man understand the vagaries of nature.