During the peak of the cold war, one of the tasks given to Niel Armstrong was to place two Soviet medals on the moon to honour their fallen Soviet competitors. theconversation.com/apoll…
Today I learned about Eugene Shoemaker. He was a geologist in the mid 1900's who wanted to go to the moon. He failed the medical exam to go to the moon, but he still helped train astronauts on Apollo 11,12, 13. After dying in a car crash his ashes made it to the moon. To this day they're still there. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene…
Today I learned about a paper which models the expected "time-to-failure" of potential conspiracies. E.g. if the moon landing was a hoax, the conspiracy would have had to involve 411k people, and thus the model posits that the conspiracy would have been exposed within about 4 years journals.plos.org/plosone…
Even though Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, was disappointed by it for most of his life, he changed his mind the day he saw Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon thanks to his invention, telling his wife "this has made it all worthwhile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Astronaut Jim Lovell was asked if he would go on another spaceflight after an explosion almost killed the crew of Apollo 13 on its way to the Moon. Lovell was about to say yes. Then he saw a hand shoot up from the audience and slowly give the thumbs-down sign. It was his wife, Marilyn. astronomy.com/magazine/ne…
Despite its association with the supernatural, a full moon rarely occurs on Halloween. The next time this will happen is Halloween night of 2020. almanac.com/news/almanac/…
There is there is an equation for how quickly a real conspiracy theory would reveal itself. The more people involved the quicker the truth comes out. Estimates if the Moon landing was really faked, it would have been revealed in under 4 years. phys.org/news/2016-01-equ…
Today I learned of the Moon Museum, a <1/2 square inch tile left on the Moon containing drawings by six prominent artists...including a penis drawn by Andy Warhol en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
NASA gave away hundreds of trees that have been to the moon. They never kept track of who they gave them to. Now they are trying to find them. One was at the White House. nasa.gov/topics/history/f…
, there are actually 5 dwarf planets in our solar system, 3 which have moons, the biggest of which is named Eris. Most people only know of Pluto. The other 3 are Haumea, Makemake and Ceres. space.com/18584-dwarf-pla…
Today I learned of the Chinese Poet, Li Bai. Considered the greatest poet in Chinese literature, a good chunk of his poems are dedicated to alcohol and drunkeness due to his rampant alcoholism. Legend has that he drowned after drunkenly trying to embrace the moon's reflection upon the river during a ferry-ride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_…
Background singers in the Beatles' All You Need Is Love include Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon, Graham Nash and Eric Clapton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Due to Galileo's training in Renaissance art and an understanding of chiaroscuro (a technique for shading light and dark) he quickly understood that the moon shadows he was seeing were actually mountains and craters. From his sketches, he made estimates of their heights and depths loc.gov/collections/findi…
There are no known cases of a moon orbiting another moon, although it is possible in theory. One of the proposed names for these submoons is moonmoon. businessinsider.com/moons…
The days of the week come from the Norse names for the 7 Ptolemaic planets: Sun's day, Moon's day, Tiw's day, Woden's day, Thor's day, Freya's day, and Saturn's day techtimes.com/articles/35…
Buzz Aldrin is the first person documented to have drunk alcohol in space as he took communion on the Moon during Apollo 11 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
Today I learned of Aglaonice of Thessaly, an ancient greek sorceress, part of a coven of witches known for their abillity to "draw down the moon". In reality, Aglaonice and her female accolites were likely accomplished astronomers able to predict lunar eclipses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agl…
Moths don't like light at all! They use moonlight to navigate by night. By keeping the moon at a constant angle, they could ensure they traveled in a straight line. Unfortunately, they now confuse electric lights with the moon and try to navigate by them so they keep going around it, confused. theguardian.com/notesandq…
Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album was on the Billboard charts for 741 consecutive weeks from 1973 to 1988, and in total has charted for 950 weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_…
Today I learned about space waste and space junk. An estimated 400,000 Earth pounds (~181,436 kg) of waste has been left on the Moon by humans, including things from wet wipes to over 70 discarded probes. 95% of objects in Earth's orbit are junk (dead satellites, nuts, bolts, tools, garbage bags, and debris). interestingengineering.co…
Today I learned about the moon landing’s β€˜Human Computers’. Who were a group of women, who held math and science degrees, and were responsible for managing the moon landing’s incredibly complex calculations. They also did it real-time, by written hand, and were faster than any technology available before 1970. wehackthemoon.com/people/…
Babylonians believed that eclipses were the gods’ way of expressing anger, if the moon appeared in front of the sun, they would literally murder their king. In order to escape this, the king would crown a puppet king and queen days before the eclipse, and kill them instead. metmuseum.org/blogs/now-a…
Pluto and its moon Charon are mutually tidally locked. This means they are both always facing each other with the same hemispheres, so Charon would appear to be "fixed" in a point in the sky from the surface of Pluto rather than rising or setting. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
When Kennedy met with Nikita Khrushchev, the Premier of the Soviet Union in June 1961, he proposed making the Moon landing a joint project, but Khrushchev did not take up the offer. Kennedy again proposed a joint expedition to the Moon in 1963 (shortly before Kennedy's death). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
We have 2 moons for the moment thenextweb.com/science/20…
The moon, Ganymede, is larger than Mercury and would be classed as a planet if it were orbiting the Sun rather than Jupiter. bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articl…
The β€œCrescent Moon” on the South Carolina flag isn’t a moon at all, but a gorget, worn by military in 1775 to protect the neck in battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Tom Petty's first solo album, "Full Moon Fever", which sold over five million copies, spawned five hit singles, and had collaborations with rock legends (George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison) was initially rejected by MCA Records because the top executive didn't hear any good songs pitchfork.com/reviews/alb…
The Nixon administration gave moon rock samples to 135 countries, and 50 states as goodwill gifts during the Apollo missions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
Mt Chimborazo of Ecuador is the highest point on Earth, 1.5 miles/2.4 kilometers above Mt Everest. The Earth is an 'oblate spheroid' shape, so the equator bulges out. The mountain sits on top of this bulge so it is the closest point to the moon and outer space. universetoday.com/15025/h…
The computers on the Lunar Modules used for the Apollo moon landings used SI (metric) units for their calculations and converted them to Imperial units for the astronauts to read on their instrumentation panels. ukma.org.uk/why-metric/my…
Michael Collins had a bone spur on his spine that was removed. Yet he still managed to be part of the Apollo 11 mission that put the first humans on the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buz…
Today I learned of Charles O'Rear, a photographer who snapped the famous grassy hill (Bliss) image used as the default background for Windows XP. Another photo of his, "Full Moon over Red Dunes," was also considered for the default, yet was denied because testers thought the sand dunes resembled buttcheeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bli…
In the book "Gulliver's Travels", the laputans, scientists who live on a magnetically levitating island, discovered two moons of Mars. This was 150 years before we actually discovered Mars had moons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap…
The atmosphere in Titan, Saturn's Moon, is so thick and the gravity so low, that humans could fly through it by flapping "wings" attached to their arms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atm…
Galileo was the first to confirm the Moon's rough and uneven surface using a specially-engineered telescope and the first to find sunspots. Both findings, in addition to his observation of Jupiter's moons revolving the planet, helped disprove Aristotle's theory of a geocentric universe. genius.substack.com/p/gen…
Herge published his comic book 'The Adventures of Tintin: Explorers on the Moon' in 1954, 15 years before Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the Moon en.tintin.com/albums/show…
There's been proposals to terraform Venus for a human colony since the 1960's, such as thinning the dense atmosphere to reduce the 450 Β°C surface temperature, setting up a system of orbital mirrors to give it Earth-like day/night cycle, and colliding it with an ice moon to fill it with water. wiki2.org/en/Terraforming…
Buzz Aldrin peed in his pants (space suit) on the moon, saying it was β€œlonely as hell” up there. businessinsider.com/bathr…
Columbus, ship aground on the shores of Jamaica, told the natives that if they didn't give him more supplies, God would eat the moon. He knew an eclipse was coming. It worked. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Although Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon, the title of the first man to pee on the moon goes to Buzz Aldrin. zmescience.com/space/shor…
The Moon-Phases are not caused by the shadow of the earth natgeokids.com/au/discove…
There is a 2 foot wide panel studded with 100 mirrors on the moon, which astronomers can use to measure the distance between earth and the moon extremely accurately. science.nasa.gov/science-…
In a relatively massive scientific discovery around 1676, Danish astronomer Ole Roemer was the first to calculate that light travels at a finite speed. He studied Jupiter's moons and determined their eclipses happened sooner than predicted when the Earth was closer to Jupiter. history.com/news/who-dete…
The moon is slowly drifting away from the earth at the rate of 3.8cm (about 1.5 inches) per year. businessinsider.in/tech/n…
The Earth often has more than one moon. The Earth captures asteroids and they orbit our planet for about a year before being pulled away by the sun. The mini-moon 2020 CD3 left us on March 7th and was about the size of a compact car. The technical term is "temporarily captured object." theatlantic.com/science/a…
The 2012 Summer Olympic Committee contacted the manager of β€œThe Who” to see if drummer Keith Moon was available to perform at the Olympics. Unbeknownst to them, he died 34 years earlier in 1978. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Despite alcohol in space being prohibited for NASA astronauts, Buzz Aldrin had a sip of wine on the Moon snopes.com/fact-check/com…
Today I learned about helium-3, an abundant and safe fusion power fuel found in the moon technologyreview.com/2007…
George Adamski claimed that he met with extraterrestrials and that every planet in our solar system was populated with human-like inhabitants, as was the dark side of the earth’s moon. Queen Juliana of the Netherlands invited him to her palace in 1959 to discuss extraterrestrial doings history.com/news/george-a…
In the 2002 movie "The Time Machine", by 2030, people have established a large Moon base, and ads are touting lunar resorts, which will be created by detonating 20-megaton hydrogen bombs to create huge spherical caverns futuristmovies.com/index.…
Today I learned about Luna 15, the failed soviet lunar probe that launched three days before Apollo 11, while Neil Armstrong was taking the first steps on the moon, the soviets were trying to regain control of the probe were ultimately they failed causing luna 15 to promptly crash into a mountain en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
Jupiter's magnetosphere is much larger than the sun, it reaches the outer orbit of Saturn, and if it was visible in the night sky, it would be twice the size of a full moon. You can sometimes hear it on a radio station. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
Pizza Hut had plans to project their logo onto the Moon news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
Neil Armstrong had to fill out a US customs declaration when he returned from the moon space.com/7044-moon-apoll…
The magnetosphere of Jupiter, extends up to seven million kilometers in the Sun's direction and almost to the orbit of Saturn in the opposite direction. If it was visible from Earth, in the night sky, it would be roughly 4 to 5 times bigger than our moon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mag…
R.E.M.’s β€œMan on the Moon” lyrics repeat β€œYeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”. Michael Stipe said his friend Kurt Cobain had a habit of placing "yeah" in Nirvana songs so Stipe wanted to outdo him by writing a song with more β€œyeahs” npr.org/sections/allsongs…
There are two golf balls lying on the moon. Alan Shepard shot them with his modified 6-iron on Apollo 14 mission in February 1971. airandspace.si.edu/collec…
USA spent about 24 billion dollars on the β€œSaturn-Apollo” program until 1969, which would correspond to the sum of about 150 billion dollars today. It was the price to pay to make history, for the first people on the Moon to be American astronauts. needforscience.com/astron…
On Jan 23, 1960, about 9 years before the moon landing, Jacques Picard and John Welsch reached the deepest point in the ocean, known as The Challenger Deep. They descended into the Mariana Trench for 4 hours and 47 minutes in a submarine barely large enough to fit the two men. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Over 400,000 lbs of human trash sit on the moon outerplaces.com/science/i…
Astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon's surface. On the Apollo 14 space mission Alan became the first and only person to play golf somewhere other than Earth. He created the club by smuggling a six-iron head onboard in a sock and attached it to a piece of rock-collecting gear. foxnews.com/science/golf-…
Humans put a man on the moon (1969) before putting wheels on luggage (1970) edition.cnn.com/2010/TRAV…
The author of Goodnight Moon bequeathed the royalties to her friend's 9-year-old son. It earned him millions of dollars, but he blew it all on frivolous spending and was arrested dozens of times for minor crimes. joshuaprager.com/articles…
There is a dog-bone shaped asteroid named Kleopatra. It also has 2 moons named Alexhelios and Cleoselene. space.com/12282-7-strange…
While the dwarf planet beyond Pluto is officially named Eris, and its moon is Dysnomia, they are unofficially called Xena and Gabrielle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dys…
The moon's mass is about 1/81 of earth's mass and the pair behaves more like a double planet system large.stanford.edu/course…
Cryovolcanoes are volcanoes that erupt water, ammonia, or methane. They don't exist on Earth, but they are present on colder planets and moons like Pluto and Ceres. nationalgeographic.org/ar…
The line bisecting a crescent moon always points directly toward the sun earthsky.org/tonight/moon…
There were once volcanic eruptions on the moon, which created the dark areas of rock that we can see with the naked eye. madsci.org/posts/archives…
It is unknown what Neil Armstrong took with him to the moon personally and the record of his personal property kit was never found. Armstrong made an unscripted visit to a crater and it is speculated he left his late daughter's bracelet there nbcnews.com/mach/science/…
An unusually high tide in January 1912 is thought to have contributed to an unusually high number of large icebergs in the area that would normally have gotten stuck in shallower water, contributing to the Titanic's sinking. "The iceberg’s accomplice: Did the moon sink the Titanic?" txstate.edu/news/news_rel…
The entire surface area of the moon (14.6 million sq. miles/38 million sq. km) is smaller than the land area of Asia (17.2 million square miles/44.5 million square km). space.com/18135-how-big-i…
While Michael Collins was orbiting the moon, mission control warned of a problem with the shuttle's coolant system. Instead of fixing the problem manually as advised, he flicked the system's switch from auto to manual, then back to auto, and carried on with other chores. The issue self resolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Apollo 11 astronauts basically flung their poop in bags on the moon’s surface. space.com/weird-stuff-apo…
Today I Learned that Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album took 17 Years to become certified Platinum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the early days of Harvest Moon, if you wanted to play as a girl you had to buy a whole separate copy! Plus you had to wait a year and hope you lived in Japan at the time... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
If you could drive your car to space (at 60 mph / 97 kph) it would take 1 hour to get there and under 6 months to get to the moon sciencefocus.com/space/if…
The Apollo 15 postal covers incident was a scandal involving the crew of NASA's Apollo 15 lunar landing mission, who in 1971 carried about 400 unauthorized postal covers to the Moon's surface. They never flew in space again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Gold replica of an olive branch, the traditional symbol of peace, which was left on the Moon's surface by Apollo 11 crewmembers. The gesture represented a fresh wish for peace for all mankind. spaceflight.nasa.gov/gall…
If the Andromeda Galaxy were brighter, it would look 6 times wider than the moon in our night sky waitbutwhy.com/2014/06/an…
Galileo used a crude refracting telescope. His initial version only magnified 8x but was soon refined to 20x magnification. The main problem with his telescopes was their very narrow field of view, typically about half the width of the Moon atnf.csiro.au/outreach/ed…
There Were Volcanoes on the Moon During the Dinosaur Age space.com/27424-volcanoes…
When the Nick Drake song "Pink Moon" was used in a Volkswagen commercial in 1999, the US sales of his albums went from about 6,000 in 1999 to 74,000 in 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
When Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon, he had with him a piece of the propeller from the Wright Brothers' first airplane, the Wright Flyer time.com/5418950/first-ma…
The Apollo Guidance Computer, used in the moon landings, had 64 Kilobytes of memory and a .043 Megahertz processor. The iPhone 11 has 4 Gigabytes of memory and a 2.5 Gigahertz processor, more than 58,000 times as powerful. zmescience.com/science/ne…
"Snoopy" the lunar lander for the Apollo 10 mission dress rehearsal for the successful Apollo 11 moon landing was purposely left under fueled to prevent the crew from deciding to go off book and land on the moon when they were not supposed to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Today I learned of Enheduanna who is the earliest known poet whose name has been recorded. She was the High Priestess of the goddess Inanna and the moon god Nanna. She lived in the Sumerian city-state of Ur. encyclopedia.com/religion…
Today I learned about some of the hotels and casinos that never got built in Las Vegas, such as the β€˜London’ resort, the β€˜Moon’ resort, the β€˜Addams Family’ resort, and the β€˜Titanic’ resort. vegastodayandtomorrow.com…
Today I learned about Superhabitable planets. This is a recent definition/category of planets or moons that must meet much more criteria than just being in the "Habitable Zone/Goldilocks Zone". No planet or moon has met these criteria as of yet, although the planet Kepler-442b is the closest to this definition. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Shortly after returning from the moon Buzz Aldrin began to suffer from alcoholism and depression. "I wanted to resume my duties, but there were no duties to resume. There was no goal, no sense of calling, no project worth pouring myself into." biography.com/news/buzz-a…
The Indian government embossed the national emblem onto the wheels of its newest moon rover so that it leaves tracks in the shape of the emblem wherever it drives on the lunar surface en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1638 Bishop John Wilkins – an English clergyman, naturalist, and member of The Royal Society – wrote A Discourse Concerning a New World and Another Planet, in which he predicted a human colony on the Moon. universetoday.com/121140/…
The moon doesn’t just cause ocean tides, it also causes Earth tides, raising and lowering the Earth’s crust by centimeters. usgs.gov/faqs/can-positio…
An Israeli company tried seeding the Moon with waterbears. timesofisrael.com/crashed…
Humans have not set foot on the moon since 11 December 1972, almost 50 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
All of Uranus’ moons are named after characters from Shakespeare’s plays solarsystem.nasa.gov/moon…
On the magnitude scale, brightest objects have the smallest number and the faintest objects have the largest numbers. The full moon has a magnitude of - 12.6 while the brightness of the Sun is about -26.7 spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/G…
Apollo astronauts may have found the oldest earth rock we know on the moon in 1971 space.com/43118-earth-old…

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