We’re 1 week away from Mars’ 2018 opposition, best appearance of Mars since 2003. It’s extremely bright and very red, ascending in the east each evening now, crossing the sky for the rest of the night. Photos from the EarthSky community here.
Mars, from Tucson Arizona on July 19, 2018. Eliot Herman
wrote: "Mars is bright and dominates the sky as it approaches its close opposition
. Finally a clear night without monsoon clouds. This is a stack of images (every 5 minutes) acquired immediately after moonset, assembled and adjusted in Photoshop. Click here
for a deconvoluted version showing more stars. Nikon D850 20.0 mm f/1.4.
Why do people persist in denying that human beings landed on the moon?
Could these men be faking it? Apollo 11 officials relax in the Launch Control Center following the successful liftoff. Image via NASA/ Mashable.
Today is the 49th anniversary of humanity’s historic first steps on the moon. The story in pictures, here.
The world watched on television as Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon's surface on July 20, 1969. It was the first time humans walked another world. As he stepped onto the lunar surface, Armstrong said, "That is one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
When the Apollo astronauts returned from the moon, the dust that clung to their spacesuits made their throats sore and their eyes water. Lunar dust is made of sharp, abrasive particles, but how toxic is it for humans?
Moon dust on astronaut after spacewalk. Image via NASA.