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Saturday, July 20, 2019

In a remarkable achievement for the United States and of mankind, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon 50 years ago today. In less than 10 years, American scientists and engineers created a space program and landed men on the Moon in one of the greatest scientific and engineering achievements of all time.

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I can remember the event like it was yesterday. My grade school Sunday school class gathered that Sunday night at the home of one of our teachers to the watch live TV broadcast of this historical event.

The entire world was united in awe and wonder.

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-20 11:17 AM | Reply

It is fitting and proper to celebrate American Heroes Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins as the first to do something that made America proud.

But the REAL story is what these American Heroes were doing on the Moon starting with the second time around, on Apollo 12 ...

Four Playboy Playmates went to the Moon on Apollo 12

www.drudge.com

What, a, bunch, of, naughty, boys -- and no one died!

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 11:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Summer of 1969: Conservative white males with crew cuts put men on the moon while hippies wallow in the mud at Woodstock and Ted Kennedy is sobering up and taking driving lessons.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-20 11:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Summer of 1969: Conservative white males with crew cuts put men on the moon while hippies wallow in the mud at Woodstock and Ted Kennedy is sobering up and taking driving lessons.

#3 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Playboy Playmates, Reagan's Meese Commission, Apollo 12.

You're a hack.

#4 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 11:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

What's Playboy have to do with this achievement, America hater?

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-20 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Thanks for stopping by to crap on the thread, NULLIFIDIAN. You're the best at it on this site!

#6 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-20 11:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

The truth about "looney" Buzz Aldrin

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-20 11:26 AM | Reply

What's Playboy have to do with this achievement, America hater?

#5 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

That free speech even extends to the Moon, doofus.

And, no one died !

#8 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 11:32 AM | Reply

Great day to be an American, even if the haters want to piss on it with rants about Reagan and Meese.

#9 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-20 11:34 AM | Reply

Thanks for stopping by to crap on the thread, NULLIFIDIAN. You're the best at it on this site!

#6 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

Today is also the 75th Anniversary of the failed plot to kill Hitler ...

Nulli will be celebrating with gusto.

#10 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 11:36 AM | Reply

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Great day to be an American, even if the haters want to piss on it with rants about Reagan and Meese.

#9 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Great day for right-wing genocidal fascists and nazis, too.

#11 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 11:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Watching and listening to the C-Span rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite's coverage of the event ...

Good stuff ~

#12 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 11:52 AM | Reply

Summer of 1969: Conservative white males with crew cuts put men on the moon while hippies wallow in the mud at Woodstock and Ted Kennedy is sobering up and taking driving lessons.

The film Hidden Figures took a few liberties with the real story as Hollywood movies often do, but the true story is impressive enough, much to the chagrin of "conservative white males with crew cuts," then and now:

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race is a 2016 nonfiction book written by Margot Lee Shetterly. Shetterly started working on the book in 2010. The book takes place from the 1930s through the 1960s when women were still viewed as inferior to men. The biographical text follows the lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three mathematicians who worked as computers (then a job description) at NASA, during the space race. They overcame discrimination there, as women and as African Americans. Also featured is Christine Darden, who was the first African-American woman to be promoted into the Senior Executive Service for her work in researching supersonic flight and sonic booms.

en.wikipedia.org(book)

Over the course of her three decades at NASA, Katherine Johnson's biography includes an impressive list of accomplishments. She calculated trajectories for Alan Shepard's groundbreaking 1961 spaceflight (America's first human in space), she verified the calculations for John Glenn's first American orbit of Earth, she computed the trajectory of Apollo 11's flight to the moon, and she worked on the plan that saved Apollo 13's crew and brought them safely back to Earth. For her accomplishments, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 24, 2015. -NASA Katherine Johnson Documentary

www.historyvshollywood.com

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-20 11:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 9

Summer of 1969: Conservative white males with crew cuts (took credit for) put(ting) men on the moon while Black women did the tough Math that made it possible.

#14 | Posted by YAV at 2019-07-20 11:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Thanks Gal. Even better!

#15 | Posted by YAV at 2019-07-20 11:55 AM | Reply

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

Hidden Figures was a great movie ... What a story

NASA changes name of DC street to 'Hidden Figures Way'
www.wusa9.com

#16 | Posted by americanunity at 2019-07-20 11:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Summer of 1969: Conservative white males with crew cuts put men on the moon while hippies wallow in the mud at Woodstock and Ted Kennedy is sobering up and taking driving lessons."

And Donald Trump was busy avoiding the draft due to bone spurs. It would be almost another 30 years before he declared that excessively sleeping around and trying to avoid STDs constituted his own "personal Vietnam":

Trump Boasted of Avoiding STDs While Dating: Vaginas Are 'Landmines ... It Is My Personal Vietnam'

Donald Trump likens avoiding contracting STDs during his single years to Vietnam in Howard Stern interview

people.com

Was Trump a conservative white male with a crew cut back in '69? I don't know, but it's all good ole boy time all the time, according to Nulli's recently "evolved" world view.

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-20 12:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Great day to be an American, even if the haters want to piss on it with rants about Reagan and Meese."

It is indeed, even if the haters want to piss on it with accolades to "conservative white men in crew cuts" that only tell the partial truth.

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-20 12:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Conservative white males with crew cuts"

Why do liberals have to make everything about race!!??

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-20 01:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Remembering Walter Cronkite's words on the day of the Apollo 11 moon landing
www.cnn.com

Think back, if you remember the day July 20, 1969. Or imagine, if you weren't born yet.

It is a Sunday evening in the middle of a sultry summer. Television screens are aglow with live coverage of the Apollo 11 mission.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are about to step onto an alien surface, never quite sure if they'll make it home. An untold number of engineers and technicians are working behind the scenes to beam their live pictures from the moon back to Earth.

Anchors like Walter Cronkite are narrating every step. And the family members of the astronauts are watching Cronkite to see what's about to happen.

Cronkite's sign-off

This is how Cronkite signed off on July 24, after four hours covering the splashdown of the astronauts:

"Well, man's dream and a nation's pledge have now been fulfilled. The lunar age has begun. And with it, mankind's march outward into that endless sky from this small planet circling an insignificant star in a minor solar system on the fringe of a seemingly infinite universe. The path ahead will be long; it's going to be arduous; it's going to be pretty doggone costly. We may hope, but we should not believe, in the excitement of today, that the next trip or the ones to follow are going to be particularly easy. But we have begun with 'a small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind,' in Armstrong's unforgettable words.

"In these eight days of the Apollo 11 mission the world was witness to not only the triumph of technology, but to the strength of man's resolve and the persistence of his imagination. Through all times the moon has endured out there, pale and distant, determining the tides and tugging at the heart, a symbol, a beacon, a goal. Now man has prevailed. He's landed on the moon, he's stabbed into its crust; he's stolen some of its soil to bring back in a tiny treasure ship to perhaps unlock some of its secrets.

"The date's now indelible. It's going to be remembered as long as man survives -- July 20, 1969 -- the day a man reached and walked on the moon. The least of us is improved by the things done by the best of us. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins are the best of us, and they've led us further and higher than we ever imagined we were likely to go."


Cronkite was The Man.

Now we have Fox & Friends.

No wonder America is in decline.

#20 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 01:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8

#20 Newsworthy for Cronkite's editorialization, not so much yours. Not that you're wrong.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-20 02:02 PM | Reply

#20 Newsworthy for Cronkite's editorialization, not so much yours. Not that you're wrong.

#21 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

No prob ~

;-P

#22 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 02:05 PM | Reply

My first memory is when we landed on the moon.

My second memory is my mom telling us we were moving to earth instead, to blend in with the humans.

-xkcd

#23 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-07-20 02:11 PM | Reply

I became interested in the space program as soon as I could read. I got a book in kindergarten called "You Will Go To The Moon." The illustrations were great and inspired the imagination.

Like most American kids, I dreamed about becoming an astronaut. You could write to NASA and they'd send thick packets in full sized manila envelopes about everything from the rockets, various mission details, telemetry, personal info about the astronauts, etc. I eagerly waited each month for the next packet to arrive. I collected a tall stack over time.

America's space program inspired my imagination like nothing else in my life has since. Also gave me the flying bug, which led to my obtaining a private pilot license when I was in high school. Having already decided on a career in music, I never followed up on that dream of a 5 year old to become an astronaut. But man did I spend years daydreaming about it.

It's fortunate all three of the Apollo 11 astronauts lived into their golden years. No one knew if they'd make it back off of the moon, or home from there. Radiation was also a concern. In Earth orbit, astronauts are protected from radiation by our magnetic field. Away from that orbit there is little to protect them. There were so many unknowns, but we went anyway and proved what America can accomplish when we set our minds to it.

So many consumer products are thanks to the space program. Have a microwave oven? Thank NASA for asking a company with room-sized units to make onea unit small enough so Apollo astronauts could warm food in the quarantine module.

#24 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-20 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not sure of the veracity of your NASA microwave story. Could you provide a reference?

#25 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-07-20 03:00 PM | Reply

The moon landing today:

i1.wp.com

#26 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-20 03:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Will Musk be the first tranny in space?

#27 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-20 03:25 PM | Reply

Will Musk be the first tranny in space?
#27 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Will California have the first train that costs more than going to space?

#28 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-20 03:34 PM | Reply

Including 19 minutes of 16mm footage Aldrin shot out the window of the Apollo 11 descent/landing:
www.youtube.com

Full video of the first moonwalk, including Armstrong's first steps:
www.youtube.com

#29 | Posted by americanunity at 2019-07-20 03:39 PM | Reply

You can count on the NY Times--voice of The Resistance--to lecture the masses on what's really important about this anniversary...

"The Apollo program was designed by men, for men. If we do not acknowledge the gender bias of the early space program, it becomes difficult to move past it," read the tweet promoting the article, which was titled "To Make It to the Moon, Women Have to Escape Earth's Gender Bias."

#30 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-20 03:51 PM | Reply

#30 Why do you care what a particular newspaper says in this day and age?

#31 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-20 03:53 PM | Reply

Can always count on Angry Short Joe to ask dumb questions. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the NY Times being the most influential newspaper in the country. Nah.

#32 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-20 04:02 PM | Reply

Why do you care what a particular newspaper says in this day and age?
#31 | POSTED BY JOE

Why do you care what another poster posts?

#33 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-20 04:02 PM | Reply

Angry Short Joe

Projecting much, old man? You make up as much ------- as your cult leader.

It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the NY Times being the most influential newspaper in the country.

People can get their news anywhere. Judging from your cut and paste, you read about the article on a rightwing blog. You remind me of the lefties who watch Tucker Carlson.

#34 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-20 04:15 PM | Reply

Why do you care what another poster posts?

Why do you care that another person cares about what another person posts?

#35 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-20 04:16 PM | Reply

Geesh. Can't even celebrate a monumental historical event without going all kindergarten?

#36 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-20 04:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Has everyone taken a moment to thank Stanley Kubrick?

#37 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-07-20 04:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

--You make up as much ------- as your cult leader.

I can't match the NY Times for pure bullshht.

New York Times Goes Pro-Soviet for Moon Landing Anniversary

"The New York Times -- that Democratic Party house organ that fancies itself "liberal" or "progressive" or some such -- is actually one of the more reactionary institutions in our country. Sometimes you have to wonder if it might actually be an American version of Izvestia.

Speaking of which, in honor of the fifty-year anniversary of the USA putting a man on the moon, the once-upon-a-time newspaper of record produced this ridiculous nonsense under the rubric "How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality."

pjmedia.com

#38 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-20 04:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

No Nulli, you are the New York Times of --------, deserving of a pooplitzer.

#39 | Posted by bocaink at 2019-07-20 04:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 2

The moon landing today:
i1.wp.com
#26 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

^
Whoever drew that is phoning it in.
On a rotary phone.
Or one of those giant pushbutton ones.
The ones that don't look like a rotary phone, but when you press a number, you can hear it ticking.

#40 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-20 04:31 PM | Reply

I can remember the event like it was yesterday. My grade school Sunday school class gathered that Sunday night at the home of one of our teachers to the watch live TV broadcast of this historical event.
The entire world was united in awe and wonder.

#1 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

I had a false memory of teachers taking us kids to an auditorium to watch the moon landing live, or as I thought for decades. Of course, there's no school in July. I was still living in Europe, a few months before immigrating to the the US. My memory was a taped broadcast shown to the school children in September. Clearly one of humanity's most

#41 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2019-07-20 04:35 PM | Reply

No Nulli, you are the New York Times of --------, deserving of a pooplitzer.

#39 | POSTED BY BOCAINK

We should all pitch in to buy Nulli a one-way ticket to the Moon on one of Trump's future orange rocket space-taxis ...

and leave Nulli there with the rest of the turds.

Moon Buggies & Bags of Poo -- What Humans Left on the Moon
www.drudge.com

#42 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2019-07-20 04:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It is ASTOUNDING they were able to pull it off with the tech of the day. There were not "real" computers at the time - especially on board. The math of the "hidden figures" crew HAD to be spot as there was not much room for error. Think about this the room size computers of the day were not much more powerful than a hand held calculator of 1980. Almost everything had to be figured out the long way with no room for error. One of the main reasons the pilots were all exceptionally qualified too I imagine.

I was listening to an interview with Collins Friday and his big fear was he would have to leave without them. If they were a few seconds to a minute late with their takeoff from the surface it would have been difficult for him to meet them. Not to mention if something went wrong with the lander on take-off... Not only did everything go perfectly we did it 6 out of 7 more times and the 7th at least everyone survived even if they didn't land...

#43 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-07-20 05:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Read about JoAnn Morgan:

www.nasa.gov

Rocket Fuel in Her Blood: The Story of JoAnn Morgan

#44 | Posted by TenMile at 2019-07-20 05:41 PM | Reply

#43 | Posted by GalaxiePete

Collins remarked in an interview that there was redundancy in everything except for the single engine on the lunar module ascent section. Had that small engine failed, he pointed out, they'd have died on the Moon.

Another fact I didn't know was that all three of the Apollo astronauts were born in 1930. He and Buzz Aldrin are still going strong at 89 years old.

#45 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-20 06:47 PM | Reply

And Chuck Yeager still ticking at 96...

#46 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-07-20 06:55 PM | Reply

The name Chuck Yeager is synonymous with 10-pound-brass-balls.

#47 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-20 07:16 PM | Reply

America's greatest moment inspired by Americas greatest President (in our lifetimes), made possible by the greatest engineering achievements in the history of man. So successful it quickly bored the American public.

#48 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-20 09:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The thread where NullSet finally comes out of Reagan and Meese's closet.

Another milestone in Devo History.

#49 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-20 09:26 PM | Reply

#49 | POSTED BY CORKY

How dare you post in the same thread where Chuck Yeager is mentioned.

#50 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-20 09:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Summer of 1969: Conservative white males with crew cuts put men on the moon while hippies wallow in the mud at Woodstock and Ted Kennedy is sobering up and taking driving lessons.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian

Eat schitt you POS.

#51 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-21 12:57 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Jesus Nulli, you actually believe that PJ media thing. That explains everything.

#52 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-21 01:08 AM | Reply

The moon landing today:

i1.wp.com

#26 | Posted by nullifidian

God you're pathetic.

#53 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-21 01:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 3

Eat schitt you POS.
#51 | POSTED BY JPW

I've noticed that ever since the Jim Beam warehouse burned to the ground, you've been, well, angry.

#54 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-21 01:15 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Summer of 1969: Conservative white males with crew cuts put men on the moon while hippies wallow in the mud at Woodstock and Ted Kennedy is sobering up and taking driving lessons.

#3 | Posted by nullifidian

FACT!

#55 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-07-21 01:17 AM | Reply

#55 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Fact.

#56 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-21 01:24 AM | Reply

America's greatest moment inspired by Americas greatest President (in our lifetimes), made possible by the greatest engineering achievements in the history of man. So successful it quickly bored the American public.
#48 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING AT 2019-07-20 09:07 PM | FLAG: | NEWSWORTHY 1

That's total BS. So many people wanted to join that effort and were inspired as children by this video propaganda. Naturally, since the flights were partially staged it's hard to know what NASA actually is, rather than claiming it's boring.

If it were actually composed of "greatest engineering" where is it replicated? No place. Why did they destroy so much of the essential elements of the project? No reason.

NASA is lying about "achievements" as well as what has been "made possible"?

Apollo 11 highlights
At 21:20, again 21:58 and then 25:34 Please, someone tell me why the lander moves with extreme precision, stopping on a dime like a model? How is that possible in spaaaace?

#57 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-21 02:37 AM | Reply

50 years ago today a bunch of huwhite supremacists landed on the moon. Obviously, the moon needs to be decolonized, because many black bodies (which are trying to live their own lives) haven't made it past shooting each other in urban jungles such as chicongo. Dass ryte!

#58 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-07-21 04:37 AM | Reply

Watching and listening to the C-Span rebroadcast of Walter Cronkite's coverage of the event ...

Good stuff ~

#12 | Posted by PinchALoaf

NASA TV ran hours of the landing footage tonight. Much of it was shot on color 16mm film Collins had in the CM and Aldrin shot from the LM; the separation from the CM, the landing, setting up items on the surface, blastoff back to the CM, the LM approaching the CM. Pretty neat.

I'll probably never have a reason to go to Houston, but if I do I'd love to see the newly restored flight control room. I've been to the Kennedy Space Center in FL and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL and seen a handful of launches (Shuttle). I'd love to get down to FL for a Falcon Heavy launch one of these days. My cousins watched the night launch last month. And saw the flames as the twin external rockets made their way back to terra forma to land on their respective pads. That's something straight out of Buck Rogers!

#59 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-07-21 04:57 AM | Reply

headline newz in 2029:
60 years ago today a crippled sexually-ambiguous eskimo, an indypyndynt wynyynyn, a mystery-meat blue-checkmarked twitter lesbian, and an effeminate "male" who sexually identifies as a manticore landed on a piece of space detritus which maintains a near-constant distance from Terra.

#60 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-07-21 05:19 AM | Reply

in the future, everyone who's done anything of consequence will be retconned as black. or at least hispanic. that's because European-Americans will be gone.

Right, leftists?

#61 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-07-21 05:28 AM | Reply

Sorry, some of my timing was off. I re-watched and corrected it.

The moon is obviously faked at 13:32-13:59, 14:10-14:49, 20:29- and many more shots.

The "fixed" camera appears to make faked movements at 20:30-20:36, 20:54-22:50 and other places.

The lander makes obviously impossible movements at 21:58, 22:13-22:50 - that entire sequence in particular is really fake and jerky, at 22:56 something white is reflected in the module window.

Anyhow, I hope that settles this issue. At least the lander portions were faked. Probably the entirety.

Oh, and why the only color footage is focused on the parachutes at re-entry? Why not the entire mission, or at minimum the lunar surface? Where is that footage if it were actually made?

NASA appears to have definitely faked it, rather than having actually made it. Anyplace Donald Rumsfeld and Henry Kissinger are involved is undoubtedly a false operation.

A sexual revolution means nothing to you, other than "drugged hippies having sex in mud". So, it's apparent someone needs to point out other glaring specifics such as the lies of NASA that are directly in front of your noses.

#62 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2019-07-21 05:34 AM | Reply

I've noticed that ever since the Jim Beam warehouse burned to the ground, you've been, well, angry.

#54 | Posted by SheepleSchism

I've noticed since you've starting posting here you're a one trick idiot.

#63 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-21 12:21 PM | Reply

- a one trick idiot
#63 | POSTED BY JPW

I bet you haven't seen this one.

Pull my finger.

#64 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-21 12:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

One beats a zero.

#65 | Posted by visitor_ at 2019-07-21 07:05 PM | Reply

Actually, the first men landed on the moon in approx 1899 and claimed it for Queen Victoria. 😎

#66 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-07-21 07:56 PM | Reply

If "Bandar Bush" would have been a real president, instead of a being a boot, I mean sandal licker, after 9-11, he would have said that, "in this decade, we will not use oil to power our country!" But noooooooo, he was an oil man. Look what that got us! Yet here we are still coddling the corrupt regime we call Saudi Arabia. And we're itching for another useless war. If Barron or one of the other useless trump boys sign up, I'll be right behind them. Instead, let's let poor blacks and latinos take the brunt of the slaughter!

#67 | Posted by zelkova at 2019-07-21 09:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The NYT chided the US and lauded the USSR because they put a woman into orbit first.

#68 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-07-21 11:51 PM | Reply

50 years ago today humanity went to the moon! Come on. Admit it. That's pretty cool.

#69 | Posted by moder8 at 2019-07-22 12:27 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The Summer of 1969, I had just finished my sophomore year of engineering school and was working a summer job as a draftsman in Saginaw, MI for the American division of a British manufacturing company (I eventually got a permanent job with them when I graduated and worked there until 1980). Anyway, with my wife spending the summer up at school (she had a full-time job at the local hospital in Hancock, MI), I was living with my cousin and his family in Midland, MI, for the summer and commuting to Saginaw each day. Anyway, he and the neighbors arranged a 'block party' for that Sunday, the 20th, the day of the landing. He, or one of his neighbors, had set-up a TV outside under a tree, and they had a bunch of tables and chairs and we drank a lot of beer and ate hot dogs and hamburgers to celebrate the occasion. Anyway, it was something that I'll never forget, like remembering exactly where you were when you heard that JFK had been shot or when your first child was born.

OCU

#70 | Posted by OCUser at 2019-07-22 01:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

With two close friends, we drove from Wisconsin to The Cape just to see the Apollo 11 launch in person!

An amazing, memorable experience.

#71 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-07-22 01:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

More leftwing pissing on the anniversary...

pjmedia.com

#72 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-22 09:20 AM | Reply

while Black women did the tough Math that made it possible.

The bloated orange turd and his klansman father wouldn't have rented an apartment to any of those ladies.

#73 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2019-07-22 09:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I don't know if these stats are accurate, but certainly taxing the rich at much higher rates than we do now did help pay for the space program:

Charles P. Pierce @CharlesPPierce

A reminder that, when JFK made the commitment to go to the moon, the top tax rate was 91 percent. When Apollo 11 landed, it was 77 percent.
Now we "can't afford" to pay for anything.
5:45 AM - 20 Jul 2019

#74 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-07-22 09:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It was a day when America really was Great and it shows that, even with all our problems, what a Government of the People can do.

When it wants to. Everything had to be made the first time. Three astronauts died. Because we were in a hurry. And stupid. But we figured it out.

Now if we could only direct that kind of energy towards solving some of the problems here on Earth.

We could. If we had a leader with a heart. And a dream. Someone like JFK who could find the true American spirit in each of us. And pull it from us asking us what we can do for our Country. Instead what do we get? If you don't like it here go back to where you came from!

Division and hate and nipping at each other's heels.

Crabs in a bucket.

At least we proved it really is possible for someone get out of the bucket.

Everyday is just one day but I will never forget THAT day! I was proud to be alive that day. Proud to be Human. Proud to be American.

Suddenly I had a Dream, too.


#75 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-07-22 11:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Summer of 1969: Conservative white males with crew cuts put men on the moon while hippies wallow in the mud at Woodstock and Ted Kennedy is sobering up and taking driving lessons.

#3 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN AT 2019-07-20 11:19 AM | FLAG: EYE ROLL

Well... ya know.... when those hippies were done wallowing in the mud they went on to invent the technology you are currently blathering your silliness on... and the crew cutters had pretty much shot their wads.

#76 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-07-22 12:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So if it was such an accomplishment why didn't we ever go back to the moon? One word...

Software...

After WW2, a new paradigm shift occurred. That of the "push button" war. Push a button - vaporize a city or an army. This could only be accomplished by rockets since there was no defense against them at the time.

The 50's saw a rapid expansion on rocket research. So much so that NASA was born. NASA was supposed to be a civilian agency but was quickly subverted by the military. NASA became a technological piggy bank of sorts where the very best engineers and scientists could be given projects of dubious value... while awaiting selection to the true military projects of greater strategic value.

The military saw little value in the exploration of space even after the USSR first manned flight. This quickly changed when the USSR shot down Gary Powers on board an SR-72 blackbird. Now for the first time, Americas primary method of photo reconnaissance was in trouble. The military knew even manned space stations taken pictures was not the answer because eventually rockets would reach into space and shoot them down as well.

A moon base was the only answer. 1/6th gravity would allow very large telescopes to be built and yet still be far enough away to be giving advance warning of an incoming rocket attack. So they were with Kennedy and his go to the moon speech. They may have even goaded him into giving it.... and so the space race began.

Still with me?

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#77 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-07-22 01:08 PM | Reply

Hippies dont go into mathematics and science. It's too hard.

They started going into humanities and art started screwing up this nation.

#78 | Posted by boaz at 2019-07-22 01:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Hippies dont go into mathematics and science. It's too hard."

Sure, Boaz. If you had said what hippies don't do, like go into finance because it's too soulless, that would be closer to accurate but still false. Hippies in the maths and sciences are FAR more common than you clearly know. In fact, it's probably easier to be an out hippie in those fields than it is in a lot of others because of the degree to which they are represented there.

#79 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-07-22 01:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"art started screwing up this nation"

Yeah. If it wasn't for all the artsy-fartsies, Boaz would be still toiling away in some cotton field singing Leadbelly songs, or at least, if he bought his freedom, be living in a segregated van down by the "blacks only" side of the river.

Way to run the good ol' USA, Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol!

#80 | Posted by pumpkinhead at 2019-07-22 01:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The 60's were an exciting time. NASA had a purpose and all was right with the world.

Eventually we did reach the moon. But along with the technological achievements of the space program, seeds were also sown for it's eventual destruction.

In order to ensure reliability, NASA began a program to standardize electronic components. This was nothing new and was done throughout WW2 under the JAN (Joint Army Navy) program to standardize and calculate MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure). Of particular importance was the standardization of integrated circuit and logic chips. Now specifications for a 54LS00 or 54LS11 for example could be supplied by a multitude of vendors. Prices dropped.

So much so... it become possible to include a landing computer on the Apollo LEM.

Prices were dropping like a rock...Even complete microprocessors on a chip made their appearance. Even hobbyists for the first time, had access to them.

And thus the fate of the manned space program was sealed.

NOW THROUGH SOFTWARE the military could command robots and satellites could now do the job that astronauts would have formally done for far less the cost.

The Apollo program was closed midway because the military no longer saw a need for a moon base... and we never went back.

NASA is still involved with robotic crawlers and satellites only as far as it will improve the electronic technology for military use.

The space shuttle? The military wanted a fleet of their own. They also have unmanned shuttles going on secret missions. When they had these built, the Space Shuttle program was closed.

Of course this could all be BS... just stuff I pieced together than seems to fit...

The ISS? aahh yes... that one doesn't fit... unless it's a distraction of some sort... for what, I have no idea.

#81 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-07-22 01:48 PM | Reply

They started going into humanities and art started screwing up this nation.

#78 | Posted by boaz

Sorry, but it's the faux Christians screwing up this country.

The same idiots who claim to be for personal freedom...so long as it fits their stone age goat herder myth's rules.

#82 | Posted by jpw at 2019-07-22 02:16 PM | Reply

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