Today, as you’re probably reading elsewhere, marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, humanity’s first landing on the moon. Follow along with the mission on the beautiful We Choose The Moon. Related links of interest:
- As is their M.O., The Big Picture presents a gloriously high-res gallery showing images from the mission & its lead-up–very few of which I’d ever seen. The gallery includes text from Apollo: Through the Eyes of the Astronauts. (See photo 35 for an interesting bit.)
- Elsewhere, a crew is using Photoshop to help restore & analyze data from the unmanned lunar probes that preceded the Apollo landings.
- Mentioned previously, but worth a revisit: Here’s a map of the area covered by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their Apollo 11 moon walks, superimposed on a soccer field and on a baseball diamond. (I suppose if I were carrying a 400lb suit, I wouldn’t get too far, either.) [Via]
[For many more space-/imaging-related links, see this blog’s scientific & technical imaging category.]