Update on NASA moonwalk video

Probably just a coincidence, but I just noticed that this New York Times blog post from last Friday—on the topic of lost moon landing video—opens with the exact same sentence as my blog post from a couple weeks ago on the same subject (“conspiracy theorists, start your engines”). Anyhow, my delusions of grandeur notwithstanding, it turns out the original Apollo 11 tapes were erased, and the “new” footage from NASA is just a freshly restored version. Monday is the 40th anniversary of the moon landing–here’s a Wired article on NASA’s festivities.


NASA image of the day

From the Nasa “Image of the Day” site

Self-portrait by Michael Fincke. Photo courtesy of NASA
Self-portrait by Michael Fincke. Photo courtesy of NASA

Expedition 18 commander Michael Fincke prepared to take a picture of his helmet visor with a digital camera during a Dec. 23, 2008, spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Fincke, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, previously served as ISS flight engineer and NASA Space Station science officer on Expedition 9 in 2004. During Fincke’s first stay at the International Space Station, he performed four spacewalks.

How to take a picture of a spacecraft landing

At long last, from Nasa, the photography how-to we’ve all been waiting for. And all you need is a camera High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera and a $720 million dollar multipurpose orbiter. Check your basement or your garage–you’ve probably got those lying around in there somewhere…

How to Take a Picture of a Spacecraft Landing

( Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)