It’s Space Exploration Day!!

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July 20th is Space Exploration Day!!

On this day in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin first stepped on the moon with the Apollo 11 mission. The following year, Dr. Tom Stevens founded Space Exploration Day as a way to promote the “private, entrepreneurial development, exploration and colonization of our solar system, galaxy, and universe.”

Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin

The Apollo 11 crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and “Buzz” Aldrin

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes a walk on the moon on July 20th, 1969

LOOK

Look closely and you can see his face in the photo!

Neil Armstrong on the moon

While Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, this is the only photo of him on the moon’s surface! Almost all of the photos of the mission were shot BY Armstrong, not OF him. 

Buzz Aldrin Boot on the moon

Buzz Aldrin’s boot and his footprint on the moon…again, not Armstrong’s!

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Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, walking towards the Lunar module.

images via NASA

Here’s a Nova documentary about Neil Armstrong that was made in 2014:

In modern space exploration news, on July 9, 2015, NASA choose four astronauts to train for commercial United States flights!

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They are:

Robert Behnken, an Air Force colonel who performed spacewalks during flights of the shuttle Endeavour in 2008 and 2010.

Eric Boe, an Air Force colonel who flew into space on Endeavour in 2008 and on Discovery’s last spaceflight in 2011.

Doug Hurley, who first went into space on Endeavour in 2009 and was on the shuttle Atlantis’ crew for the final mission of the space station program in 2011. He’s a retired Marine colonel.

Sunita Williams, a Navy captain who did months-long tours of duty on the space station in 2006-2007 and 2012. Williams holds the record for cumulative spacewalk time by a woman astronaut (50 hours and 40 minutes).

Happy Space Exploration Day, everyone!!

  • laura valentina

    Happy Man on the Moon Monday Paul!! Love this spectacular blog in dedication to this beautiful moment in 1969!

  • Helen Gircko

    Thanks for information! I will look “2001: A Space Odyssey” or “Flight of the navigator… (I love mad on-board computers and to that similar equipment)

  • Stuart Anderson

    Speaking of Space, did you see the new image of Earth from a Million Miles away? http://www.universetoday.com/121480/this-is-our-planet-from-a-million-miles-away/
    There will be more where that came from soon!

  • Jasmine

    I love learning new things here. I always assumed that the photos were of Neil Armstrong. Thanks for teaching me something today Pee Wee!