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Sky at Night – 1963 December 13, 2011

Posted by Marie in Moon, Patrick Moore, Sky at Night.
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This is a stunning find, featuring a rather handsome Patrick Moore discussing what it would be like to land on the moon 6 years before it actually happened.  Fascinating.  The BBC’s write-up says:

Many of the early Sky at Night programmes were destroyed or lost from the BBC library. Recently this early and very rare programme from 1963 with Arthur C Clarke, was discovered in an African TV station. Patrick and Arthur were both members of the British Interplanetary Society and here they discuss bases on the Moon and Mars. Arthur C Clarke made very few interviews, so this really is a broadcasting gem- once lost, but now found.

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1963 Bases on the Moon, posted with vodpod
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For Yuri April 12, 2011

Posted by Marie in Gagarin, Moon, Photography, Space travel.
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Monument to the Conquerors of Space reaches for the Moon. Credit: Reesiepie

I took this photograph of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space in Moscow during a visit in 2009.  It was a spontaneous shot, taken quickly as we were about to board a coach.  Although I’m annoyed that the Russian lamp post is in the way, I’m actually quite pleased that you can see the moon, almost as if the rocket is heading for its target.

During my visit, the hotel was really close to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, which is located inside the base of the Monument to the Conquerors of Space.

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. Credit: Reesiepie

The monument is a beautiful representation of a rocket rising up into space, supported by its vapour trail, which forms the roof of the entrance to the museum.

The museum itself contains an amazing collection of items.  Among them: the stuffed dogs Belka and Strelka, who went into orbit on Sputnik 5, a full size, walk-through model of the Mir space station, and Yuri Gagarin’s spacesuit.

Today (12th April 2011) marks 50 years since Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth, and there are many events taking place to mark this amazing feat.  Yuri is, rightly, a Russian and global hero.  The sad thing is that his life was cut short only 7 years later in an aviation accident – he never again returned to space, as the Soviet Union deemed him too precious to be allowed to go again.

Thanks, Yuri, for your bravery.

Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!

Yuri Gagarin

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