Archive for August, 2016

Buzz @ Mars: The Live Experience Canberra

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Presented by: National Geographic Live

Exploration has always been a defining feature of what it means to be Human. Today this distinctly Human trait is as strong as ever with the exploration of space at the forefront of our achievements. Many believe that Mars represents our future and our ability to ensure the survival of the Human race.

Human exploration and an eventual permanent presence on Mars is no longer a distant dream but a realistic objective for the human race.

For the first time, National Geographic Live is bringing the world’s leading authorities together for a unique major live event to discuss global space agency plans and the immense challenges awaiting Humankinds next great space adventure.

Join our Host Ray Martin as he presents live on stage, Apollo Legend and Mars advocate ‘Buzz Aldrin’, with leading authorities from US and European global space agencies including Prof. Mark McCaughrean Senior Science Advisor European Space Agency in a world first National Geographic Live event.

Using stunning images and footage from global space agencies and National Geographic Channel’s landmark new television series ‘MARS’, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer, audiences will experience live an exciting journey to the Red Planet our future new home.

Buzz @ Mars: The Live Experience Sydney

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Presented by: National Geographic Live

Exploration has always been a defining feature of what it means to be Human. Today this distinctly Human trait is as strong as ever with the exploration of space at the forefront of our achievements. Many believe that Mars represents our future and our ability to ensure the survival of the Human race.

Human exploration and an eventual permanent presence on Mars is no longer a distant dream but a realistic objective for the human race.

For the first time, National Geographic Live is bringing the world’s leading authorities together for a unique major live event to discuss global space agency plans and the immense challenges awaiting Humankinds next great space adventure.

Join our Host Ray Martin as he presents live on stage, Apollo Legend and Mars advocate ‘Buzz Aldrin’, with leading authorities from US and European global space agencies including Prof. Mark McCaughrean Senior Science Advisor European Space Agency in a world first National Geographic Live event.

Using stunning images and footage from global space agencies and National Geographic Channel’s landmark new television series ‘MARS’, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer, audiences will experience live an exciting journey to the Red Planet our future new home.

Buzz @ Mars: The Live Experience Melbourne

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Presented by: National Geographic Live

Exploration has always been a defining feature of what it means to be Human. Today this distinctly Human trait is as strong as ever with the exploration of space at the forefront of our achievements. Many believe that Mars represents our future and our ability to ensure the survival of the Human race.

Human exploration and an eventual permanent presence on Mars is no longer a distant dream but a realistic objective for the human race.

For the first time, National Geographic Live is bringing the world’s leading authorities together for a unique major live event to discuss global space agency plans and the immense challenges awaiting Humankinds next great space adventure.

Join our Host Ray Martin as he presents live on stage, Apollo Legend and Mars advocate ‘Buzz Aldrin’, with leading authorities from US and European global space agencies including Prof. Mark McCaughrean Senior Science Advisor European Space Agency in a world first National Geographic Live event.

Using stunning images and footage from global space agencies and National Geographic Channel’s landmark new television series ‘MARS’, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer, audiences will experience live an exciting journey to the Red Planet our future new home.

Buzz Aldrin Thinks There Should Be a “Landing Age” for Space Explorers

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon and the pilot of the Lunar Module for the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, recently gave a lengthy interview forThe Fix and suggested there should perhaps be a minimum landing age implemented for future astronauts traveling to Mars and other worlds.

Aldrin spoke about his childhood, his experiences as an astronaut, and his life after NASA. Over the course of 47 years, Aldrin has seen the ups and downs, major successes and failures, and changes in space exploration in this country and across the globe. But his most interesting insights came in a discussion of humanity’s future travel and exploration of the red planet. Among those takeaways:

  • Mental health for astronauts remains as critical as ever: Aldrin told The Fix“The decision to depart the Earth and become a permanent occupant of another planet is momentous. There’s nothing that compares to that challenge. Nothing could be more disruptive than to have the finest of astronauts make a positive decision, and then be on Mars and change their minds.” He thinks it will be necessary to select for potential Mars-bound astronauts at younger ages than NASA typically does right now. “Given the exposure to those conditions, we have to select and perhaps expose potential first-landers between the age of 25 and 35 so that they fully understand the mission,” he said.
  • The moon will be critical for helping us prepare for Mars: NASA already knows the moon will be invaluable as a proving grounds for testing and refining the technology we’ll use to establish a Martian colony. The first astronauts to go to Mars will “need to go to the moon orbit and assist in the assembly of modules to be landed while preparing that base on the moon,” said Aldrin. “Now they would know what Mars is going to be like. Hopefully, they understand most of the situations that can arise, and they have experienced that sense of detachment from people back on Earth. They will be the best-trained crew to accomplish the mission. The Moon will be the hub that will help get us to a permanent place on Mars.”
  • The first astronauts to Mars will be the most important crew ever assembled: The ones that land on Mars first will also be in charge of applying the finishing touches on the construction and testing of necessary infrastructure and systems designed to keep a permanent outpost on the planet operational. “They will be sent there in the very best way so they can complete the final assembly in 18 months of a permanent base on Mars,” said Aldrin, “and we can see if that is acceptable. If it doesn’t work, they will come back, and we will fix the problems and repeat the effort with a different group of people. If they are successful, they will be the first to land on Mars.”
  • Don’t forget about time!: Aldrin emphasized that one of the key components to making a life on Mars work will be “a special calendar for people that would be living on Mars. I want to create a watch that will tell them what time it is there and what time it is back on Earth, in any time zone needed.” He’s currently working on developing such a technology for future astronauts. “We need to have watches for the astronauts that put them in the same time frame as their families. We need their calendars to be in conjunction in terms of the season and what is happening in different places on Earth. That has been a nice challenge for me to think about.”

Neil Armstrong Rare moon landing photo on sale signed by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

The image, one of a handful signed by all three Apollo 11 astronauts, was given to the limo boss who looked after them on their official visit to London in 1969.

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A rare photograph taken during the first moon landing and signed by all three of the Apollo 11 crew is to go under the hammer.

The image is one of the handful in existence to contain signatures from Neil Armstrong , Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins on the same item.

It had been hidden from public view for 47 years after being given by the astronauts to John Cleland, whose car hire firm arranged limousines for the astronauts during a visit to London in October 1969.

They were in Britain for one day to receive congratulations from the Queen and Prime Minister Harold Wilson just three months after beating the Russians to complete the first manned mission to the moon.

Mr Cleland was contacted by the US Embassy as he had a Ford branded stretched limousine, which the crew preferred to the more traditional Rolls-Royce or Daimler.

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He refused to take any payment for the cars, so the Americans insisted on giving him the autographed picture as a thank you.

Almost half a century later Mr Cleland’s widow has put the image up for sale at Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Taken by Collins, who stayed on the spacecraft throughout the mission, it shows the lunar module being guided to the moon’s surface by Aldrin and Armstrong, with the Earth visible in the background.

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Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: “To have all three astronauts autograph a photo is unusual.

“But to have them signing a photo of the Eagle module leaving Apollo 11 in Moon orbit only months after arriving back on Earth in October 1969 is exceptional.

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“The photograph shows the lunar module on its way to the moon from the spacecraft. The little planet in the distance is Earth – where we were all watching on television.”

The 7ins by 7ins photograph is being sold along with an official itinerary for the crew’s day.

It is estimated to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500 when it is sold on Saturday.