Daily Archives: 12/04/2010

More Global Astronomy Month stuff

We’re more than a third of the way through Global Astronomy Month, so happy to see Discovery have picked up on it with a piece discussing the various ways of keeping in touch with the activities.

One way to keep in touch is through the twitter updates. Examples produced this evening include a Yuri’s Night live music webcast (in Hungarian) from Hungary from 8pm local time 12th April, a Japanese website doing a piece on GAM (in Japanese). Pictures from a public observing event in Nicaragua (translation to English on page) plus the calender of events in that country people will be able to enjoy during the month.


More Apollo 13 stuff

It is forty years since Houston received the news that they had a problem. NASA (who tweet here) have put up the story of Apollo 13 as well as an interactive website to illustrate things.

Universe Today continues its series of 13 things that save Apollo 13 over 13 days with The Hatch that Wouldn’t Close.

The surviving two crewmembers Jim Lovell and Fred Haise have called on all Americans to save the budget for manned space exploration, as the Times reports. As it also reports, today is not just forty years since events unfolded on that mission, it is forty nine years since Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space (celebrated in Yuri’s Night, annually) and twenty eight years since the launch of the space shuttle.

Also popping into view is an app for the iPhone by Buzz Aldrin, also known for an Apollo mission of some renown. It is called the Buzz Aldrin Portal to Science and Space Exploration.