July 17, 1994 |
The U.S. Postal Service will recall the 25th anniversary of man's landing on the moon, on July 20, 1969, with two stamps on Wednesday. First-day ceremonies will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, with an Apollo landing module serving as a backdrop in the main hall. The stamps are 29 cents for the first-class rate and $9.95 for express mail. Both stamps depict an astronaut holding the American flag and walking on the moon's surface, with the Earth in the background.
April 6, 2001 |
So what did a small band of Down Under country bumpkins, with their pots of tea and Marmite sandwiches, headquartered in the middle of a working farm, have to do with that historic day in July 1969 when Neil Armstrong touched down on the moon? Well, as the story - which happens to be true, if somewhat colorfully embellished in the Australian charmer The Dish - goes, they had everything to do with it. Without the toil and knob-tweaking at a satellite receiving station built on a sheep paddock in Parkes, New South Wales, nobody in the world would have witnessed that landmark lunar landing.
July 21, 2009
TELEVISION PAID tribute to Walter Cronkite over the weekend by airing his coverage of the first moon landing - 40 years ago yesterday. Cronkite's unusually emotional "Oh, boy!" on July 20, 1969, was not only a reminder of the legendary journalist - and what journalism used to be - but also of a time before science was politicized and respect for it degraded. The moon landing was a moment of triumph for the primacy of science, but in the 40 years since, its place in society has steadily eroded.
June 13, 2010
Robert J. Wussler, 73, a CNN cofounder who became the youngest president of the CBS television network when he took over in 1976 at age 39, died June 5 at his home in Westport, Conn., after a long illness. Mr. Wussler started his 21-year career at CBS in the mail room. He eventually became executive producer of CBS News, overseeing special projects including the 1969 moon landing. In 1978, Mr. Wussler formed a production company, Pyramid Enterprises. It produced syndicated programming for the international marketplace, specializing in Japan, France, and the former Soviet Union.
March 29, 2013
Network for New Music The Arc of Curiosity traces the progression of American electronic composers from the first-ever computer (1946) to present-day composers such as James Primosch and Paul Lansky. So the music will be far more than experimental. (At Penn's Rose Recital Hall, April 5.) Choir of King's College, Cambridge The venerable group performs Benjamin Britten's beloved A Boy Was Born (written when the composer was 19, in sophisticated eight-part harmony), along with works by Byrd, Blow, and Purcell.
March 8, 1994 |
Bill Graham is hoping to take some knowledge a long way, all the way, in fact, to the Shiloh Elementary School in Sardis, Ala., where reference books date back further than the 1969 moon landing. Graham said he and members of the Chester Pike Rotary Club in Ridley Township noticed the school's plight in January, when ABC Evening News presented a feature on the underfunded school. The report said some books used in the school had been printed before the moon landing. The Ridley School District responded to Graham's request for aid and agreed to provide hundreds of used textbooks for the kindergarten-through- eighth- grade Shiloh school.
July 22, 2009 |
After Buzz Aldrin, the second human to walk on the moon, retired from the Air Force, he was offered $800,000 to appear in a commercial for Volkswagen. "I thought this civilian life was going to be pretty good," Aldrin, 79, told a packed auditorium at the Free Library last night. But he struggled with depression and alcoholism. Those recollections of his life during and after the historic Apollo 11 moon landing 40 years ago are contained in his new book, Magnificent Desolation. He went public with his depression in a newspaper commentary piece and later chaired the board of the National Association of Mental Health.
January 20, 2016
'CONSTRUCTING PLAY: CLASSIC BUILDING TOYS' The long: Each winter, the Center for Architecture exhibits 50-plus antique, vintage and modern toy building sets. This go-round, the center gallery is closed for renovation, so the smallish show goes on in City Hall. The short: Lotsa little LEGOS, and friends. The demo: Budding builders old enough to resist touching the displays. The oldie: Friedrich Froebel's 175-year-old wooden building blocks, considered the first of their kind, inspired Frank Lincoln Wright the kid to become Frank Lloyd Wright, architect.
October 30, 2002 |
More than 33 years after the United States landed men on the moon, NASA is spending more than $15,000 to convince people that it really did happen and that the space agency did not make it all up. Stubborn conspiracy theorists claim NASA's six Apollo-program moon landings were faked. After decades of belittling and ignoring them, NASA has decided to fight back. It hired James Oberg, a Houston-based former aerospace engineer and award-winning author of 10 books on space, to confront skeptics point by point.
July 30, 2009
YOUR EDITORIAL of July 21 would be laughable if it weren't so awfully out of touch with the truth. Your essay bemoans the politicization of science since the Apollo 11 moon landing, placing blame on ideologues and, by implication, conservatives. The fact is that ever since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins returned to Earth on July 24, 1969, liberal politicians have steadily cut the space program budget in order to fund entitlements, while the activist left has usurped scientific research and has used it to further their extreme programs.