Shamelessly copied from today’s LPOD (Lunar Photo of the Day), this is the Customs and Immigration form signed by Apollo 11 astronauts after returning from the Moon. Yes – even the first lunar visitors had to go through customs on the way back!
My favourite bit:
“Any other condition on board which may lead to the spread of disease:
TO BE DETERMINED”
Neil Alden Armstrong August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012
The first person to walk on the Moon on July 20 1969.
After Neil Armstrong’s death this weekend his family issued this statement:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Neil Armstrong has passed away following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures. Neil was our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Neil Armstrong was also a reluctant American hero who always believed he was just doing his job. He served his Nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. He also found success back home in his native Ohio in business and academia, and became a community leader in Cincinnati. He remained an advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits. As much as Neil cherished his privacy, he always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life. While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.
For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
Pete Lawrence put together this excellent guide to finding the Apollo 11 landing site.
There are very few photographs of Neil Armstrong on the Moon. This is one taken by Buzz Aldrin of Neil packing up a rock sample to take back home:
This iconic image of Buzz Aldrin was taken by Neil Armstrong – whose reflection is visible in Buzz’s visor.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera took some close up and enhanced images of the Apollo 11 landing site. This is an animation put together by forum member jumpjack:
More Apollo 11 goodies can be found in this Image of the Week from last year.
Buzz Aldrin’s statement on Neil’s death can be found here.
To have grown up at a time when manned space flight was the norm was both inspirational and exciting – and it will be a very long time before another generation of children will experience that. The manned Apollo missions are what sparked my interest in astronomy and I remember looking at the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission full of awe that people were actually walking around up there.
So this one’s for you Neil:
We already know how useful it is to view an object under different illumination and a number of areas of interest have had many LRO passes in order to photograph the same region many times under different lighting conditions. The Apollo landing sites are obvious targets of interest and this week’s Image of the Week celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the first Moon landing by making use of the multiple images taken of the landing site.
Moon Zoo forum regular jumpjack produced a couple of amazing animations of the Apollo 11 landing site showing the Lunar Module descent stage in some detail.
These images have a 3-D feel and show the Lunar Module and equipment around the site in some detail. Here’s an annotated still from jumpjack’s blog site:
This is the entire Lunar Module the base of which is the descent stage left behind on the Moon 42 years ago and what we are looking at now photographed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
And if you enjoyed that you might also enjoy this – one of several similar videos based on the same idea. This is from You Tube by GoneToPlaid of the Apollo 11 landing site.
Jules is a volunteer moderator for the Moon Zoo forum