Thursday, July 20, 2023

Happy International Moon Day!

 Hey, Space Placers!

Dividing Earth and Moon

54 years ago today Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin touched down at Tranquility Base.

Today marks the annual celebration of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on 20 July, in 1969. More than fifty years later, during the Artemis I mission on 28 November 2022, this image was captured by a camera placed on the tip of one of the European Service Module’s four solar array wings, part of the Orion spacecraft.

The frame shows the Orion spacecraft on the left with one solar wing extending from the European Service Module to the right, dividing Earth (above) and the Moon. The cones on the European Service Module are the thrusters for the engines the spacecraft has for propulsion. The smaller cones on the side, in groups of four are part of the reaction control system used to orient the spacecraft, and the larger ones facing the camera grouped by two are the auxiliary thrusters.

Read this article about a recent poll regarding Americans interest in returning Astronauts to the Moon - it is quite telling.

Regardless of the poll, the US must return to the Moon to stay this time as I discussed in my recent blog

Take a look at the Waxing Crescent Moon in the West after sunset tonight. Wink at the Moon to remember Neil Armstrong.....


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