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Moonwalking: 40 Years On

40th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Apollo 11 NASA page

Moonwalking is all over the news at the moment, as we approach the fortieth anniversary of the first humans to walk on the surface of the moon in the Apollo 11 mission.

On the 16th July 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off for the moon. On the 20th, Armstrong and Aldrin set foot on the surface of the moon: a massive landmark in science, adventure and international TV broadcasting. You’ve got to feel a bit sorry for Collins though – driving all that way just to stay in the car.

Here is the short news clip and the famous “one small step” line:

The NASA website has loads of great resources about the moon landing and the Apollo missions, so head on over there and check them out (including some cool First Footprints teaching resources).

It’s amazing to think of what was achieved with such limited computing power, and it really was a turning point in science (and science fiction was never the same afterward).

Apollo 11 Crew

Apollo 11 Crew

For some cool photo galleries: Guardian, Images from Apollo

Of course, any talk of the moonlandings brings out the crazies (which is why comments are disabled on this post), so here are a couple of other nice clips.

Moon Landing Mysteries, from National Geographic

And of course who better to set it to rights than the Mythbusters?

Mybusters: Diet Coke and Mentos

I like Mythbusters – especially when some helpful soul cuts the experiments together into single clips, rather than having to flick through a whole episode. Thanks to dannynic from the TES Boards for this link.

I’ll get some more Mythbusters and Brainiac clips up soon – snowed under with student-led conferences at the moment.

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