This biological isolation garment was worn by Astronaut Buzz Aldrin upon his return to earth after his Apollo 11 flight in July of 1969. The National Air and Space Museum explains that “These garments were worn from the moment the hatch was opened after splashdown until the astronauts were sealed inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility in the unlikely case that the astronauts had been infected with some sort of extraterrestrial life form. It was expected that these suits would keep […]
The Apollo Lunar Module Simulator used by the astronauts to practice landings on the Moon while at Kennedy Space Center is now on display at the Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. For Apollo 11, Commander Neil Armstrong would be standing at the controls at left, while Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin stood at right. Note the small hatch below the control panel through which they would have to crawl through to get in and out […]
Lunar Module-2 built my Grumman Aerospace Corporation in the mid-1960s was held by NASA as a spare if the unmanned test flight of Lunar Module-1 was not successful. Following the successful completion of that flight, there was no longer an urgent need to fly LM-2 in space so the vehicle remained Earthbound and was used in integration testing with other components of the flight hardware, especially the Saturn V rocket. By 1969 NASA had no further need for LM-2 so […]
The Moon as seen from the backyard in the early morning hours of 20 July 2019 on the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon 50 years ago it was a Moon waxing to Full. On this anniversary, the Moon is just past Full and is waning.
In commemoration of the Apollo Moon Landings, Hallmark produced an extraordinary pop-up book in 1969 called Astronauts on the Moon: The Story of the Apollo Moon Landings with the story by Stanley Hendricks and with illustrations by Al Muenchen. Paper mechanics and layout was by Howard Lohnes. Having owned a ragged copy of this book I was delighted to find in a northern California thrift store a pristine copy for only a quarter. Below are images from the book showing […]
Launched on a Saturn V rocket in July 1969, the Apollo 11 Command Module is the only piece of equipment that made the entire round trip to the Moon and back on the first successful lunar landing attempt carried out by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins. Here are a few images of that historic spacecraft in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. At the time the images were taken a few years ago […]
An afternoon kayaking trip on the Indian River Lagoon was thwarted when the kayaker realized he had forgotten his sunscreen. In his defense, the Sun was blindingly hot at the Oslo Road boat ramp at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area and out on the open water it would have been worse. He packed everything back up onto his car and set out saying he was going off to buy suntan lotion. I did not stick around long enough to find […]
The Ft. Pierce Inlet looking out toward the Atlantic Ocean. For some reason it brings to mind Dr. No, which is silly, of course. That movie was filmed in Jamaica, mostly, not on the east central coast of Florida. Strangways is the British agent killed by the three “blind” men before he could brief James Bond on Dr. No’s nefarious activities.
Excited to report that this image of birds congregating in an impoundment at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge has been selected for inclusion in interpretive panels being placed along the Greens Bayou Greenway trail in Houston, Texas. The sign copy includes information about Pelican Island as the first National Wildlife Refuge. From the OspreyWatch project.