2. Nations eyeing the Moon
Launched its first spacecraft, an unmanned probe, into orbit around the Moon
in October 2008 with the mission of mapping the lunar surface and searching
for uranium deposits.
Has plans for a Moon landing and a space station by 2020. Chinese “taikonauts”
performed a spacewalk in September 2008, a feat otherwise accomplished only
by the American and Russian space programmes.
3. Space exploration landmarks since 1969
The orbiting telescope has peered deep into space ? and back in time ? for
nearly 20 years, changing our understanding of the Universe.
Spirit and Opportunity:
The two Mars rovers landed in January 2004 and are still working. They found
evidence the red planet once had water and, so, could have supported life.
International Space Station:
The largest artificial satellite in orbit is a testament to international
co-operation, giving astronauts valuable experience of long-term living in
4. Women killed in space
A teacher who would have been first non-professional astronaut in space; died
in explosion aboard shuttle Challenger in 1986.
Dr Judith Resnick:
Second woman to orbit the Earth; also perished in the Challenger explosion.
Dr Laurel Clark:
US navy diver and physician who logged 16 days in space before dying in the
2003 explosion aboard the shuttle Columbia.
Dr Kalpana Chawla:
Indian-born astronaut; also died on Columbia.
5. People called Moon
Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name. No, really
Drummer with The Who
Zappa Frank’s daughter
Sun Myung Moon:
Korean founder of the Moonies
UN Secretary General
6. Key statistics
The cost of the Apollo 11 programme in today’s money ($355m in 1969).
The number of men who have set foot on the Moon.
Worldwide television audience for the first Moon landing.
Travelling expenses for each of the Apollo 11 astronauts.
The sum Neil Armstrong’s barber sold a lock of his hair for in 2005.
The year the last man set foot on the Moon.
7. Top songs
Fly Me to the Moon:
Man on the Moon:
Walking on the Moon:
8. Moon movies
Le Voyage dans la lune (1902):
A 14-minute silent film featuring the man in the Moon glaring at “astronauts”.
Frau im Mond (1929):
Futurist Fritz Lang explains the basics of rocket travel.
Now, Voyager (1942):
Bette Davis pleads, “Oh Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968):
Stanley Kubrick’s ode to evolution.
Bond is up in Hugo Drax’s private space station.
An American Werewolf in London (1981):
American tourists on the attack after the Moon brings on a “change”.
Apollo 13 (1995):
Tom Hanks in peril.
In the Shadow of the Moon (2006):
What it’s like to bounce across the surface. Part of BFI’s One Giant Leap
9. Predictions that never came to pass
Scientists at Nasa predicted trips to the Moon would be commonplace and
intrepid holidaymakers would be packing their bags for Mars. Not yet.
In 1967, Barron Hilton, of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, predicted space
tourists would stay in Hiltons orbiting the Earth by 2000. They don’t.
Scheduled space flight:
Shuttles would “carry passengers, supplies to and from orbit on a routine
aircraft-like basis”. Er, nope!
Nuclear-powered rocket engines:
By 1972 those dreams lay in tatters as the Nuclear Engine for Rocket Vehicle
Application (Nerva) programme was terminated.
In 1969, Isaac Asimov said: “The Moon offers an ideal spot for an
astronomic observatory.” We have a space station but no Moon base.
The US was to send automatic spacecraft to Mars, followed by a manned mission
by the 1980s.
The Apollo 11 crew spent 21 days in quarantine on their return to Earth. No
alien bugs, no more quarantine.
Moon “landing” exposé:
Conspiracy theorists claim missions to the Moon were actually fakes and were
filmed in a TV studio.
The landings would be the first step to a settlement.
10. Space spin-offs
Owes its existence to Nasa scientists, who developed freeze-drying technology
for the Apollo missions. Sorry, but it’s true.
Reason your eggs don’t stick. Developed for astronauts’ spacesuits.
Where would marathon runners be without these sheets coated with a thin film
of metal that reflects heat?
Nike Jordan trainers and the like were born out of an idea for a shock
absorber for astronauts’ helmets.
Developed for use in spacesuits and vehicles: coming to an oven glove near
Black & Decker developed a portable drill for the Apollo Moon landings,
and a million mini vacuum cleaners and electric screwdrivers were also born.
Workouts developed for astronauts led to the invention of the Shuttle 2000-1,
precursor to the gym/ torture machines you sweat over today.
Much of the technology that would keep you hanging on in intensive care was
first used to monitor astronauts during the early space flights.
Scratchproof lens coating:
Carbon treatment to protect astronauts’ helmets is the reason why your
Ray-Bans stay shiny.
SOS life rafts:
They inflate in 12 seconds and were developed for Apollo mission
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