To infinity and beyond or to the Moon in back July 21, 2009Posted by apetrov in Science.
Today (20 July that is) is a 40-year anniversary of people landing on the Moon. Incredible event? Absolutely! Useful? Well, it depends. But incredible nonetheless. There are plenty news stories and personal recollections that could be found on websites of any more-or-less major TV or radio stations. A nice source is, of course, Wikipedia – it has the whole story of Soviet-American competition on who gets there first.
It is interesting that Moon landing was not shown on TV in USSR or China in 1969. Of course, the technical capabilities for that were present, but, besides a handful space science and engineering specialists in TsUP (Flight Control Center), no one in USSR saw the Armstrong to step on the Moon. The whole Soviet program was classified — and it was later communicated to the people that Soviet automatic stations completed all needed research on the Moon. And that it was decided that there is no point in sending people there.
Guess what — some news agencies are still saying that! Here is the latest press-release from RIA Novosti (Russian Information Service) that says just that (here is the English translation). C’est la vie.
Meanwhile, here is a picture of the Soviet spacesuit Krechet that was supposed to be used on the Moon. This picture was taken at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
The image is rather large, I apologize to those of you with slower connection…