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Day July 17, 2009

Bookmarks for July 17th

  • "The Phoenix" by Julia Ecklar – I love these lyrics. "In a tower of flame in Capsule Twelve, / I was there. / I know not where they laid my bones, / it could be anywhere, / but when fire and smoke had faded, / the darkness left my sight, / I found my soul in a spaceship's soul / riding home on a trail of light… For my wings are made of tungsten, / and my flesh is glass and steel, / I am the joy of Terra for the power that I wield. / Once upon a lifetime, I died a pioneer, / Now I sing within a spaceship's heart, / Does anybody hear?"
  • Moon Orbiter to Photograph Apollo 11 Landing Site – "One large item that should be easy to spot is Apollo 11's Eagle descent stage, left behind after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin rocketed away from Tranquility Base. For the Apollo 11 site, 'you will definitely see this square thing sitting on surface,' said LROC's Principal Investigator, Mark Robinson of Arizona State University in Tempe. At low sun it's likely that the lander legs will cast shadows. 'It will be unambiguous that the descent stage is sitting there,' Robinson said."
  • NASA – Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Sees Apollo Landing Sites – Stunning. Check out how far the Apollo 14 crew hauled it in their effort to reach the rim of the Cone Crater. They came within 65 feet of their goal before having to return to the Lunar Module due to lack of resources.
  • Saturn V – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – The only complete, space-rated Saturn V in existence is now located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. That rocket — as well as components of the Saturn V on display at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida — were originally intended to comprise the launch stacks of the canceled Apollo missions 18 and 19.
  • Photographs of the Saturn V 500F “Facilities Integration Vehicle” – The post of July 16, 2009 titled “Apollo Saturn” refers to this mockup of the full Saturn V launch stack which was used for facilities testing during the Apollo program. The 500F mockup currently stands on the grounds of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • NASA Releases Preview Partially Restored Apollo 11 Video

Apollo Saturn

The interior of a Saturn F-1 engine

Detail of stage wiring -- possibly from test stage S-II-F/D

Detail of what may be test stage S-II-F/D

Below the launch stack, there was no sign, no marker. Our faces turned up into the glare of the sun, eyes straining to discern every rough but elegant line, every component describing the soul of a machine built to create an arc to the moon.

I knew the name Saturn before I could read.

( Is it not natural to wonder if she only sleeps? In sleep, does she dream of the sky? )