Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2012 19:40 UTC
In the News "Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday, weeks after heart surgery and days after his 82nd birthday on Aug. 5. Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, and he radioed back to Earth the historic news of 'one giant leap for mankind'. He spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with fellow astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin." Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Such a great man. The world lost a true legendary hero today. This man will be an inspiration for generations to come.
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by zima on Sat 1st Sep 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE: What's all the fuss about"
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Apollo 9 and 10 missions were just as far... (and, earlier to that, turtles on Zond 5 ;p )

And no, I can't do that - for one, I was born at the wrong time, in a wrong place (just one man from my country was ever in space, and that was mostly just Intercosmos political PR).
Also, I was essentially outright blocked from such feats: for one, I have one generally hardly significant medical condition (caused by other people, by one medical frak up when I was 1 year old), but which disqualifies me from ever being a pilot of even a glider - meanwhile, I more than passed the educational requirements needed to get to a school that educates fighter pilots in my country; also, I was first in the final of "physics olympics" didn't matter, and I suppose you'd just told me to "STFU"

Generally, people overestimate the individual contribution to the "end effect", and how our life ends up - it's one of the cognitive biases. Now, I'm not seeing the chosen twelve were poorly qualified, they weren't - but you could easily find at least hundreds which were just as well. Plus, curiously how all of the twelve were white males, most of them with angular jawbones...
Or ponder that: out of the twelve, only one was a professional geologist, during the very last Apollo moon mission - and only because he was bumped up at the last moment, after pleads from the scientific community, from a mission which never flew.

Kerosene, liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen are not very strictly speaking explosives, BTW ...unless you're also marvelled at the fact that I use explosives in my kitchen, SEVERAL TIMES PER DAY?
(and either way, disasters on launchpads alone killed many more scientists/technicians than astronauts... )

Edited 2012-09-02 00:18 UTC

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