Neil Armstrong Biopic First Man Whips Up A Director

neil armstrongIt’s been just over two years since Neil Armstrong left this planet for the afterlife, and eleven years since discussions first began for the legendary astronaut to get his own biopic. Thankfully, there has been some positive movement, as production company Temple Hill is in talks with festival-friendly director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) to helm First Man.

First Man is based on James Hansen’s 2005 biography First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong, and will presumably cover Armstrong’s military career going into his work at NASA, where he did that whole “first man to walk on the moon” business. Armstrong was an accomplished Navy bomber, taking over 70 missions during the Korean War, all before he was 23 years old. He went on to do test piloting for the Air Force for a while before being brought in to NASA for the Gemini and Apollo programs. And it was on the Apollo 11 mission, with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, that Armstrong first set foot on the moon, uttering those now-unforgettable words.

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TV Review: The Challenger Disaster Is A Surprisingly Compelling And Profound Docudrama

I remember January 28, 1986. I was seven years old. I, like so many other excited students, gathered in the cafeteria of my school just before lunch to watch the Challenger take off. I didn’t know a whole lot about space back then, except that it was far away, huge, and mysterious, and that those qualities also made it pretty cool. I had absorbed by then, though, that going into space was Important. It was one of those adventures that has and hopefully will continue to define humankind. I also knew that on board that ship was a teacher who also happened to be a woman. This brought the mission much closer to home for me, as it did for so many people. I remember watching the liftoff and clapping along with everyone else, even the folks in NASA’s control room.

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Apollo 11 HD Photos Celebrate The Mission’s 44th Anniversary

apollo 11It’s two days after the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and eventual transformation of the moon into mankind’s toilet/golf course in the sky, but we’re not done celebrating just yet. The fabulous people at Jalopnik posted a slew of pictures from the Apollo 11 mission that stray beyond the shots you’re used to seeing of the historic event.

The photographs come courtesy of the snap-happy Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who made themselves familiar with cameras throughout the mission. And why wouldn’t they? People inundate social media with images of the cupcakes they’ve made and how their dogs look while they sleep with their legs in the air, so it’s only natural that humanity’s greatest achievement in space would warrant a couple more shots than just the moon man and his flag that became MTV’s logo so many years ago.

The pictures are in high definition, which gives them all stunning depth, but I’m sure conspiracy theorists would also say they look more staged than ever. But these life trolls should probably look elsewhere for like-minded nuts. Take a peek at a few more below, and hit the link for more.

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Apollo 11’s F-1 Rocket Discovered On The Ocean Floor

apollo 11The only things I’ve ever gotten from the bottom of an ocean are leg wounds from being whisked along jagged rocks. Amazon CEO and mega-bazillionaire Jeff Bezos and his company, Bezos Expeditions, have confirmed via press release that the rocket engine parts found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean are indeed the same ones that came from the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket that made history in 1969. Well, I guess the astronauts aboard the shuttle were actually the ones to make history, but that’s splitting hairs.

Back in March, the Expedition team recovered a sizable number of wrecked and warped pieces from two F-1 engines that were known to be from one of NASA‘s heyday missions. At the time it couldn’t be determined which one they were from, given they sat three miles beneath the surface of the ocean for over forty years. After some restoration efforts, the pieces were scanned with a black light and special lens filter, and that’s when they found what they were hoping for: the number 2044 stenciled into the side of a thrust chamber. 2044 is the Rocketdyne serial number that matches up with NASA’s serial number 6044, which is the very same one that corresponds to F-1 Engine #5 from the Apollo 11 mission.

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Solid Gold Apollo 11 Replica Headlines Forbes’ Space-Themed Jewelry Exhibit

There aren’t a whole lot of associations between the Space Age and luxury. Even though tons of money has gone into space exploration over the years, most of that funding has gone into research and development. And until I pimp out my Accord with Curiosity Rover wheels, it looks like we’ll have to turn to the Forbes Galleries to find our story.

From March 16-September 7, 2013, New York City’s Forbes Galleries will host the “Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age” exhibition. Three of the event’s highlights are solid gold replicas of arguably America’s greatest success in travel history: the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Each one is a nod to the Apollo astronauts of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. I can’t think of anyone who would want to honor me with anything made out of gold, except for this goose I keep locked up in a spare closet.


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The True Story Behind Neil Armstrong’s First Words On The Moon

neil-armstrongThe famous first line uttered by the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, is a strong reminder of how far mankind has come as a species. For years, Armstrong had told many people that he thought of the line, relatively, off the cuff. But in a recent documentary, the formation of the line was somewhat exaggerated for dramatic effect.

As stated in the BBC Two documentary, Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon, Armstrong had actually written a variation of the iconic line months before the Moon landing on July 20th 1969. According to Neil Armstrong’s brother, Dean Armstrong, the first man on the lunar surface wrote the line on a scrap piece of paper and passed it to him as a note. Dean Armstrong revealed,

Before he went to the Cape, he invited me down to spend a little time with him. He said “why don’t you and I, once the boys go to bed, why don’t we play a game of Risk.”

I said I’d enjoy that. We started playing Risk and then he slipped me a piece of paper and said “read that.” I did.

On that piece of paper there was “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” He says “what do you think about that?” I said “fabulous.” He said “I thought you might like that, but I wanted you to read it.