Archive for August, 2012

Sad news

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, passed away yesterday.

Some relevant videos:

  • Apollo 11: Prelaunch Press Conference / EVA Training (1969)
  • Landing of the Apollo 11 lunar module
  • “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”
  • Armstrong’s message of thanks after leaving the moon surface
  • BBC interview with Neil Armstrong from 1970
  • 60 Minutes interview
  • The Bottom Line Interview (posted previously)
  • I also highly recommend the HBO series From the Earth to the Moon (I’ve got it on DVD), the part about the Eagle landing is available online.

    The Big Picture: Remembering Apollo 11.

    Statement from his family:

    “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.”

    Links via MetaFilter: Man on the moon, which is worth reading in its entirety because lots of people share their memories of the Apollo 11 mission and Neil Armstrong.

    You cannot travel at the speed of light…

    Sunday, August 26th, 2012

    … but you can see a pulse of light travel!

    TED talk: Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second.

    Link via Physics & Physical Science Demos, Labs, & Projects for High School Teachers.

    Science and music

    Friday, August 24th, 2012

    Today’s Rolling in the Higgs thread on MetaFilter sent me on a tour through Youtube and Vimeo

    Tim Blais aka A Capella Science (Tim explains about it here): Rolling in the Higgs (Adele Parody). Tim also is one half of Cabin Nine, and they cover songs like these: Europe: The Final Countdown (with guitar and cajon!), Amy Winehouse: Rehab.

    AstroCappella is a project by The Chromatics: NASA | The Sun Song.

    And of course this oldie but goldie: CERN Rap (also on Youtube, lyrics here).

    Ten years, Baby!

    Sunday, August 19th, 2012

    Ten years ago André and I were married by Hal, and Garret and his wife Sandra were our witnesses.

    During our trip to the US in July 2012 we went back to find out how the spot looked ten years on. (The dead tree on the right was still alive and quite impressive in 2002.) Hal, we placed a water bottle in the background in your honor! đŸ˜‰