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Very Large Array

VLA, Very Large Array

VLA – Very Large Array.
Radio Telescopes in New Mexico scan the heavens.

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Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, a solar eclipse will cross the country. Living in New Jersey, unfortunately there won’t be a total eclipse. Instead there will be a partial one, similar to the image above. I made that photograph in May 1994 using a telephoto lens. I should have had my telescope, but didn’t want to drag it to work, where I was at the time. The reflections were caused by UV filter which I forgot to remove.

So, wherever you are on August 21st, head outside, and with proper eye protection, look skyward and watch the eclipse.

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Apollo 11 – Moon Landing

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Today, at 4:17PM EST, will be the 48th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Approximately 6 hours later, Neil Armstrong exited the Eagle to set foot on the Moon. He was followed by Buzz Armstrong from my home state of New Jersey. As with millions (billions?) of people worldwide I watched the historic event on my TV at home. It was just my Mom and me.

Science and science fiction consumed me as a child. I saw many movies – today TCM is playing one of my favorites “First Men in the Moon”, original novel by H.G. Wells. Again, I saw it with my Mom.  I had an advantage over the kids who grew up in the 1950’s and earlier who loved Sci-Fi movies – I could watch the REAL THING with NASA. Early Reality TV with actual drama – Gemini 4 with Edward White was “Walking in Space”!

Obviously I could not actually participate in the Grand Adventure. The closest I could get was building those Revell plastic models (or was it some other company?). I had them all – Mercury, Gemini, various Apollo kits, along with scif-fi models. I wished that I still had them all.

I also wrote to NASA. They sent me two books regarding careers. It was never a path I followed because I’m lousy in math, but I did buy a telescope. I could look if not travel.

If you go online today, locate a copy of “Full Moon” by Michael Light. He gained access to the original Apollo negatives and had new prints made. The copies most people have seen over the years are copies of copies of copies. That degrades the image. This book is breathtaking. I also recommend “From Earth to the Moon” produced by Tom Hanks for HBO on DVD. It’s a miniseries about the journey to the moon – the story on Earth and in space. Also “For All Mankind”. More interviews and footage. One final recommendation is a feature documentary “In the Shadow of the Moon”, produced by Ron Howard. This film was released in 2008 and features recent interviews with astronauts, along with space footage. And there are many more documentaries available.

The photograph above was taken at the 1964 New York World’s Fair Space Park. That young boy in the photo is myself. 

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VLA

VLA, Very Large Array, Radio Telescopes, New Mexico

VLA – The Very Large Array.
Radio Telescopes in New Mexico scan the heavens.

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Moon

moon

The Moon photographed using my Celestron 8 telescope.

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Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle, Enterprise, NASA

April 27, 2012. I arrived at 6:30 AM to Liberty State Park in NJ, directly behind the Statue of Liberty. The NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise would be flying over the Statue and New York City. I wanted to be early. Boy, was I. Slowly others started to trickle in, the crowd grew and the News people showed up. I had a very friendly bunch of folks around me and we talked, and we waited. The weather was breezy and chilly, and we waited. We were very excited.
Finally,at the appointed time, directly over the Verrazano Bridge there she was. Flying in our direction. A beauty in the sky.

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Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle, Enterprise, NASA

I arrived at 6:30 AM this morning to Liberty State Park in NJ, directly behind the Statue of Liberty. Today the NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise would be flying over the Statue and New York City. I wanted to be early. Boy, was I. Slowly others started to trickle in, the crowd grew and the News people showed up. I had a very friendly bunch of folks around me and we talked, and we waited. The weather was breezy and chilly, and we waited. We were very excited.
Finally,at the appointed time, directly over the Verrazano Bridge there she was. Flying in our direction. A beauty in the sky.

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Fossils

Fossils, Science

On assignment several years ago, following fossil hunters at work.
Science has always been a favorite subject of mine, so this project was twice the fun.
I was even given several fossils as souvenirs.

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Fossil Hunters

Fossils, Science

On assignment several years ago, following student fossil hunters at work.
Science has always been a favorite subject of mine, so this project was twice the fun.
I was even given several fossils as souvenirs.

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