View Full Version : 40 years ago tonight...

Flying Lawyer
24th Dec 2008, 15:10
Link to probably the most amazing Christmas broadcast since the angels broadcast news of Christ's birth to the shepherds -

Christmas Eve 1968 (http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/image/as8_genesis1a.mov)

Happy Christmas to all.


24th Dec 2008, 19:37
Link to probably the most amazing Christmas broadcast since the angels broadcast news of Christ's birth to the shepherds -

Christmas Eve 1968 (http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/image/as8_genesis1a.mov)

Happy Christmas to all.


Try that today, and you will be hauled off in front of some human "rights" commission.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

North Shore
25th Dec 2008, 06:40
One of the most beautiful pictures (IMHO) ever taken..



25th Dec 2008, 17:01
Wasn't this the one they called "Earthrise", or was that another?

25th Dec 2008, 18:00
Saw it on the other board NS, great photo. :ok:

Flying Lawyer
25th Dec 2008, 19:18

Yes, it's called Earthrise.

25th Dec 2008, 21:43
I love all those moon rise and whole earth pics. Truly awesome stuff.


Is incredible. He is untethered to any thing. If you thought about it for too long, it would explode your brain. :ok:

tony draper
25th Dec 2008, 22:05
I remember a photograph that was in all the newspapers at the time that was titled Picture of the Century,it was a picture of one of the major craters Tycho or Copernicus,don't recall if was taken from Apollo 8 or a Luna orbiter,remember people who had studied the moon telescopically for decades had not seen close up detail that had begun to appear because of the Moon shots.
I remember Apollo 8 very well,and all the other moon shots,I believe Apollo 9 was a Earth orbit test of the Lem,Apollo 10 got even closer going all the way and descending to withing a few thousand meters of the surface,must have been a tad frustrating for the crew.

25th Dec 2008, 22:11
I recall watching and listening live to the broadcast from Apollo 8 40 years ago. It was such an exciting time to be growing up in. Also those guys who went into space and went to the moon were brave.

I believe it was James Irwin who commented that it was on his way back from the moon that he realised that "looking back on the earth" was more profound than actually going to the moon.

26th Dec 2008, 00:19
I wish all of you could see General Tom Stafford's private collection of photos he took on his missions in space, especially the Apollo mission to the moon. Luckily, because of my wife, I have had the pleasure to see the photos. Very impressive.

That is why I laugh at the idiots that claim that we never went to the moon. No such thing as 'PhotoShop' back then. :p

26th Dec 2008, 08:02
Log into flickr using a hotmail account

26th Dec 2008, 17:46
but you could teach the good general how to share his photos on 'flicker'.

Hum, I have not thought about that, he lives in Florida now and we seldom see him anymore. I'll have my wife send him an E-mail and check to see if he could do something like that.

26th Dec 2008, 18:33
he lives in Florida now

Does he live in Titusville, (Space City USA), with a bunch of other former NASA employees? I have seen many original photographs of the space program from its inception thru today.

Also, try "photobucket" for online picture storage--can be used with any e-mail account.

Low Flier
26th Dec 2008, 18:34
Ohmigawd, I feel old.

I remember when guys almost routinely set foot on the moon and played golf there and drove cars there. I remember it like it was yesterday.

I also remember when a Big Airline flew self-loading baggage across the Atlantic so fast that you could actually watch the sun rise when flying on a Westerly track. I saw it for myself. I remember it like it was yesterday.

Ohmigawd, I feel old.

It all seems like just yesterday that all that stuff seemed like it was tomorrow's future. Now it's just history.

Ohmigawd, I feel old. I am old, goddammit, but now I really feel old.