A sad inevitable day

It had to happen eventually.
The holy joy of any birth has but one sad destination. …

Originally posted by Wikipedia:

Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American NASA astronaut, test pilot, aerospace engineer, university professor, United States Naval Aviator and the first person to set foot upon the Moon.

Armstrong joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1962. His first space flight was the NASA Gemini 8 mission in 1966, for which he was the command pilot, becoming one of the first U.S. civilians to fly in space.

He performed the first manned docking of two spacecraft with pilot David Scott. Armstrong's second and last space flight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969.

On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent 2½ hours exploring while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module.

The landing on the surface of the moon occurred at 20:17:39 UTC on July 20, 1969.

When a sensor attached to the legs of the still hovering Lunar Module made lunar contact, a panel light inside the LM lit up and Aldrin called out, "Contact light."

As the LM settled on the surface Aldrin then said, "Okay. Engine stop," and Armstrong said, "Shutdown." The first words Armstrong intentionally spoke to Mission Control and the world from the lunar surface were, "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."


7 thoughts on “A sad inevitable day

  1. I like this legacy:

    A big scruffy young man abuses an old shortarsed gentleman and ignores a polite request.Then the pig calls him a liar and a coward.He wasn't.

  2. Originally posted by Unasia:

    conspiriacys, I saw it, whacked em good. had it commin.

    Pity he couldn't hit him harder, he deserved worse. One consolation though:With wisdom comes remorse. I hope the lad lives to be ans old a man and remembers every night before he goes to sleep and as soon as he wakes up, what an utterly charmless prat he was.

  3. He left his position as a college professor without explanation. He was a little shy of taking it in the first place because he was not as qualified as regular teachers. Can you imagine that?He turned down offers from more distinguished universities for that reason.I hope he wasn't being badgered by students at Cincinatti about that conspiracy idea.That would be disgraceful.If even just rumours circulated that that might have been the case it could close the school.Deservedly so too, IMO.

  4. This picture kind of sums up everything I have been thinking the last day or so. So remote that Messier couldn't make it out much more than a patchy blur 2 or 3 centuries ago.Now I can see spirals in it. And what is the use of the Hubble?It can tell us how old we are. Why is it set out in an Archimedes spiral. That's what I want to know. Who the hell cares how old it is?Stupid stupid people.But can we at least agree that it is beautiful?So why isn't it ugly?We have never seen it before. It had no reason to be pretty.Yet it is.Diamond bright, the sky at night reflects the glory of Jehovah.

  5. Originally posted by Weatherlawyer:

    We have never seen it before. It had no reason to be pretty.

    It's almost a pity to have to tell you that the least constant constant in physics is Hubble's Constant.It's so bad it's not even a factor, let alone a constant.It would be just bad if it varied by one or two units. It is argued that it varies by orders of magnitude.So they are using something that is orders of magnitude out to use orders of magnitude to tell us how old we are?There's interesting, isn't it.Duna vo, chwarae teg.

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