I was just watching the Olympics with the Mrs. and NBC had a piece about the space race between the United States and Russia. It reminded me of an incredible story I heard.
I have had many conversations with a man who was employed at NASA at the time of the first moon landing. As I'm sure you are all familiar with, Neil Armstrong, while taking his first steps on the moon, bounces slightly. Most people think it was because of a lack of gravity. My engineering friend said that was not why Armstrong bounced when he hit the moon's surface.
Before Apollo 11 landed on the moon, there was an extensive amount of discussion involving the NASA brain trust over what, exactly, the moon was made out of. After months of deliberation, the panel had decided on two possibilities. Either the moon was solid, and a human could walk on it. Or the moon had a center comprised of space dust and any human who touched it's surface would fall a hundred meters into it's center and be lost forever.
Neil Armstrong, before placing his feet on the moon's surface, wasn't sure if he'd ever come back to Earth. His bounce was a reflex, because he didn't know if he'd be buried forever in outer space, or be the first human to successful walk on the moon's surface .
I've thought of this so many times and can't believe how bad ass that crew was for taking that trip.
Space X launched their Falcon 9/ Dragon Capsule to the ISS today. Regardless if you feel if low earth orbit should have been privatized or not, it's still pretty cool.
Link to full launch (embed below).
A Friday article on the Grantland site about how teams are using "space" players in the NFL:
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My post is not intended as a slam on MANBALL or the current coaching staff, of whom I'm currently a big fan. If Hoke et al. want to move toward a Wisconsinesque road-grader offense that gets the job done, I'll be completely behind the idea.
But, I think the parallels between RichRod's offensive philosophy and what's described in the article are interesting. If his ideas were that lousy, would they be used at the highest level of football?
Godin is in-studio talking to Webb right now.
Talk about some real American heroes...I have been watching Tom Hanks' slick miniseries "From The Earth To The Moon" and it's worth noting how many astronauts in the Apollo program were Michigan alums:
Gemini 4: James McDivitt, Ed White (first American to spacewalk)
Gemini 8: Dave Scott (enrolled at Michigan for one year, enrolled at West Point after that)
Apollo 9: McDivitt, Scott
Apollo 15: Scott, Al Worden, Jim Irwin
NASA flew 27 manned missions comprising 59 total seats up to and including the last landing, and 12% of those seats were filled by UM alums. A few years back Michigan ran an ad with a very tinny The Victors emerging from an orbiting Apollo 15 command module with the caption "an all-UM crew." Sweet!
Semi-OT: Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell spoke at Tom Hanks' American Film Institute lifetime achievement award presentation. Similar to Scott, Lovell enrolled at Wisconsin for two years before being admitted to Annapolis and a street in Milwaukee is named for him. Check out the look on Hanks' face when Lovell is announced:
Because I love being OT lately (see http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/ot-alan-ameche-story ) I figured I would make the a clearly worded subject line (unlike my previous post which absolutely 100% ignores rules about subjects for posts) and let everyone know that Orson Wells was right, Will Smith and the US Marshall from 'The Fugitive' have gone back to work ('MIB III' is soon to be a reality, but a for real reality not just movie reality), ID4, or the non-sense abbreviation for 'Independence Day' is coming soon, and 'Mars Attacks', with all it's famous actors (seriously, look up how many famous people were in such a bad movie) is now 'Saturn's Biggest Moon, Titan, Attacks,' (also known as 'Clash of the Titans'?)because new life may be lurking on Saturn's biggest moon.
For those of you not wanting to read it, the headline is misleading, like most news, to grab your attention and make you read it. Life isn't a huge possibility, but there is some possibility that life forms on Titan are using Hydrogen (rather than Oxygen like on earth) to live. Just thought it was interesting and I know there are a lot of space/NASA nuts in the mgocommunity.