13 Matching Annotations
  1. Dec 2018
    1. when seismometers left on the moon by Apollo astronauts recorded a spike in impacts during the Taurid swarm.

      More on the impact of Taurid meteors on the moon in 1975 here.

    1. Frank Borman

    2. The first color image of the earth, taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968

      It's impossible (for me) to conceive of the distance between the earth and the moon. Three days journey. We're so spoiled by our "fast" travel.

    1. Apollo 8 was the first moonshot. No human being had ever been beyond low Earth orbit. Even the Apollo 8 astronauts — Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr. and Bill Anders — struggled to wrap their heads around what they were about to do.

      So amazing that this happened at all!

  2. Apr 2018
    1. “We often discussed his notions on objective reality. I recall that during one walk Einstein suddenly stopped, turned to me and asked whether I really believed that the moon exists only when I look at it.”
  3. Aug 2017
    1. The powerful movement causes a series of whirlpools to form, called maelstroms due to their extraordinary force.

      This must be how the (now closed) ride at Disney got it's name.

  4. May 2017
    1. Here stood he in the dark, his sharp sword out, KL II.i.38  Mumbling of wicked charms, conjuring the moon KL II.i.39.1  To stand auspicious mistress.
  5. Mar 2017
    1. In 1671, Giovanni Cassini gazed through a telescope at Saturn, and discovered a number of incredible wonders: the famed gap in its rings, detailed band structures in its atmosphere, and a number of moons.

      Love to read about Saturn!

  6. Feb 2017
    1. According to the Washington Post, this week acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot sent a letter to employees saying he’d instructed the top NASA official for human spaceflight to study whether NASA could put astronauts on a lunar orbiter called EM-1—scheduled for launch in 2018.

      Wow! 2018 is soon!

    2. In fact, some space enthusiasts even hope he’ll use the rally to announce a mission to the moon.

      Might be cool!

  7. Jan 2017
    1. The idea that the popularity of the moon hoax led to a rise in the Sun's circulation has become a standard part of the story of the hoax. However, it turns on its head what actually happened and obscures the historical significance of the event. In fact, as Mario Castagnaro (2009) has argued, it was the Sun's already high circulation and broad reach that ensured the success of the moon hoax — not the other way around.

      Circulation Powered Hoax

      The Moon Hoax was a result of the high circulation of the Sun, not the other way around.

    2. The Sun's high circulation was made possible by its use of steam-powered printing presses. Such presses, which had only recently become available, allowed papers to print tens of thousands of copies at a cheap rate, thereby broadening their readership and turning them into a medium of truly mass communication. In addition, the Sun used an innovative means of distribution that further broadened its reach — newsboys who sold issues on the street, shouting out the headlines for everyone to hear. The Sun was the first paper anywhere to use newsboys to sell copies. It had started using them in 1833, less than two years before the moon hoax, so their presence on city streets was still a relatively new part of the urban environment.

      Steam Powered Printing

      The Moon Hoax was a result of new technologies and distribution platforms.

  8. Nov 2013
    1. good to see others want to move highlights/annotation between Moon+ Reader Pro and other systems like Calibre