Neil Armstrong passed away

Our homage to the great man, whose small footprint caused a giant leap to
the mankind
. The first moonwalker and the commander of the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong passed away on August 25, 2012.

Fortunately I had a visit to the Purdue University last year where Armstrong
completed his graduation (BS in Aeronautical Engineering) in 1955. The picture shows me with a statue of Armstrong in front of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering building, adjacent to the Physics Department of Purdue University.

One story I recently came across through internet is about the Gemini VIII (March 16, 1966) mission, where the first successful docking of two spacecrafts happened by Neil Armstrong and David Scott (moonlander of Apollo 15, 1971). However, a problem occurred in the Gemini control system and it is Armstrong’s intelligence and skill which accomplished a successful emergency safe landing on the Pacific.

Now as one important remark, I must mention there exist many “conspiracy theories” that claim that the first moonlanding was fake. The whole moonlanding video was staged by NASA and broadcast live over the television in order to show that America has won the Space race during the cold war against Russia. I personally believe the theories have been debunked and I append three links below:

The great moon hoax (NASA Science News)
Moon landing conspiracy theories (Wiki)
Mythbusters: Episode 104 (Wiki)

Well, it is reasonable to doubt about the manned moon missions, since no other countries except USA have sent men to the moon and it appears that all that we see or believe have come from the NASA. One very recent news is that the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) has observed the shadows of all the American flags besides the one from Apollo 11.

Image taken from LROC

So maybe there was no flag at all! Well, Mark Robinson, the principal investigator of
the mission said,
“Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reported that the flag was blown over by the exhaust from the ascent engine during liftoff of Apollo 11, and it looks like he was correct!”.
He also mentioned,
“Personally I was a bit surprised that the flags survived the harsh ultraviolet light and temperatures of the lunar surface, but they did,…”
So I shall leave the conclusion up to you but before that
I must recommend you to read about the third-party evidences.

Now finally a quiz question: Who’s the lady you see with Neil Armstrong in the picture below?

PS: Found an interesting blog: Lunar Networks


2 thoughts on “Neil Armstrong passed away

  1. nice piece. especially the foot print picture… about the fake theory.. i have always wondered if the soviets have ever accused the mission to be fake.. who are logically the most solid motives to do so.. and what about the other moon missions… and how one actually manipulate such a complicated event involving so many persons and that too live on tv, without anyone ever spilling the bean….the american press is not that inefficient… remember watergate happenning at about the same time.. finally is the lady
    mrs. kennedy?

    • Hey Shila, sorry for this late response. The quiz answer: The lady is the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, who gave a lead to the Soviet Union in the Space Race by orbiting around the earth for three days in 1963 (Vostok 6 mission). The photo was taken in 1970, just after the Apollo 11 mission, when Armstrong went to Moscow to visit the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Not sure about the politicians, but I’m almost certain that Russian scientists perceived the Space Race as a healthy competition and honored whoever deserved.

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