Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sad news

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.

    Science and music

    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).