37 years ago today: The Moon


Thirty seven years ago today, on July 20, 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong became the first man ever to walk on the Moon. (You can quibble and say it was July 21 by Universal Time (a.k.a. Greenwich Mean Time), but I’m an American, and to me as a child it happened on July 20.

In any case, I have two things to post that are of interest on this anniversary of the first Moon landing. First, here’s an über-cool website that allows you to view a panoramas of the Moon made up of high resolution photos from the original missions digitally stitched together from photos taken during original lunar landings, complete with sound files of the astronauts’ banter. I had never seen such high resolution digital photos from the moon landing before.

Second, I can’t help but point out that there was more to the first Moon landing than you may have thought. Indeed, there was someone involved with it whose role hasn’t always been appreciated and indeed has even been shrouded in mystery:

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I bet the EneManiacs out there thought that I had forgotten about our mascot’s usual monthly appearance (although perhaps interest in our mascot has waned a bit, as evidenced by the lack of “Where is EneMan?” e-mails this month). I suspect that now you understand why I waited three weeks.

That EneMan sure gets around, doesn’t he?