Friday, July 17, 2009

Two Scoops of Crazy


Wow, look at all the moon hype this week! Moon moon moon, everywhere! You'd think we didn't see the thing in the sky every night, huh? Warning: Incoming Link Avalanche! And all of these are worth ignoring work to surf ;)

I’ve stumbled over dozens of articles in the past few days, mostly about the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, newly restored moon-landing films, the lost moon-mapping tapes (now desperately trying to be restored by the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project), the audio of how the Soviets tried to rush their own moon landing first with the unmanned Luna 15.

My personal favorite news clip? A certain percentage of polled passersby who think "Buzz Lightyear" was the first man to walk on the moon. Wow.

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Rich pickings out there in link land! From nostalgic recipes to reminiscences of the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 even peeked through the history books, and of course, what would a celebration be without the retired Space Chimps and the almighty Russian-American Space Camp Moon War?? Don’t forget your free NASA T-shirt. (And if you die in moon-battle, your parents will still be billed for it.)

Naturally, the conspiracy theorists are also out in force, even that crackpot who was caught on video getting socked in the kisser by Buzz Aldrin a few years back. Many still refuse to believe NASA put 12 men on the moon over a period of 3 years, despite knowing it would have taken thousands of space program employees all keeping the same “secret” over four decades.

They are the subject of today’s CNN poll... so go play the numbers. Do you believe it was all a setup? Or the greatest exploration and technical achievement in history?

CNN Poll