The Wright Brothers Fly to the Moon

The first airplane flight covered a mere 852 feet, but a part of that plane ultimately flew nearly half a million miles. When Neil Armstrong and his crew of Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, they made history. They were also aware that they were standing on the shoulders of giants... Continue Reading →


Like Sand Through the Hourglass, So Go the Galaxies

If you want to obscure your view of something, a grain of sand is probably not the first thing that you would choose. It is so small that it is hard to think of too many things it could cover. Would you believe that a single grain of sand is sufficient to block out your... Continue Reading →

One Small Step for Man… One Giant Leap for Deadlines

Neil Armstrong's footprints narrowly avoided being rejected as an astronaut. His application to NASA was one week late. Fortunately, Armstrong's friend, Dick Day, worked at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center and happened to notice the application when it arrived after the deadline. Day slipped the application into the pile of timely applications, thus paving the way for Armstrong's... Continue Reading →

Now Free to Pursue E.T.

As of 1991, U.S. citizens are free to pursue contact with extraterrestrial beings or their vehicles without legal repercussions. On July 16, 1969 -- the same day Apollo 11 departed for the moon --  the "Extraterrestrial Exposure Law" (C.F.R. Title 14, Section 1211) was adopted. This law was in response to concerns about contamination that... Continue Reading →

Looking for a Hot Deal on Some Real Estate?

When Maria Angeles Duran of Vigo, Spain started her real estate venture, she knew there was great demand to purchase property that gets plenty of sunlight. What better place than the source of sunlight, itself? Finding that no one claimed ownership of the sun, due to a 1967 United Nations agreement prohibiting any nation from... Continue Reading →

Another First for the American Space Program

On December 16, 1965, astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra were on Gemini 6 when they transmitted the following message: "Gemini VII, this is Gemini VI. We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He's in a very low trajectory traveling from north to south... Continue Reading →

“State of the Art” From a 21st Century Vantage Point

The super-sophisticated, miracle machine of the 20th century was the guidance computer for the Apollo rockets. This technological marvel made it possible for manned flight to and from the moon. Developed by MIT in the 1960's, it was one of the first integrated-circuit devices. It had a clock speed of 2.048 MHz -- about one... Continue Reading →

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