Posts Tagged ‘Moon Landing’

We choose to go to the Moon

28 July 2009

By Kevin O’Sullivan

Apollo 11 Lunar ModuleIn all the fuss over the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission last week, it might have been easy to overlook some of the great material produced for the celebrations. The best is ‘We Choose Moon’, created (at no small expense judging by the quality) by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which uses a clever combination of archival photos, video and audio and modern animation to recreate the mission in real time across a series of eleven stages, from pre-launch to landing.

If that sounds a little stretched, in reality it’s the opposite. There is so much interesting material here, it’s possible to trawl for hours listening to the exchanges between Houston and the astronauts, watching the reaction from the ground, and skimming through photographs from the ground and the inside and outside of the lunar module (material is online up to stage three as I write). Read More

Which anniversaries are worth celebrating?

24 July 2009

By Kevin O’Sullivan

DARTAnd on a lighter, Friday afternoon note, hasn’t it been quite a month for anniversaries? The GAA celebrated 125 years with a good Leinster football final and a dull Munster hurling final (in spite of my predictions to the contrary); the Moon landing’s fortieth bash was on Monday (I know we didn’t mention it, but everyone else did, so you’re hardly short on material); and yesterday the DART reached the grand old quarter-century.

Which, because I’m supposed to be doing something else – i.e. finishing an article – got me wondering: since everything and anything appears to be worth celebrating these days, how do we know which anniversaries are the most important and which ones we should pay attention to? Sixtieth anniversary of Ireland leaving the Commonwealth or fifteenth anniversary of Ray Houghton chipping Italy’s Gianluca Pagliuca from outside the box in the Giants Stadium, New York? Two hundred and fifty years of Guinness or a century of Persil? Who or what decides?

Fear not, for I have come up with a plan™ Read More