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Star voyagers Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.  The most recent people to walk on the moon.
They left the moon on December 14, 1972 at 5:55 PM EST.

Star voyagers Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.  The most recent people to walk on the moon.

They left the moon on December 14, 1972 at 5:55 PM EST.

Lest we forget: a special thank-you is due to the Parkes radiotelescope personnel who allowed us to watch live television coverage of the first moonwalk, 45 years ago tonight.  Honeysuckle Creek and Goldstone, CA telescopes were also receiving the transmission from the moon’s surface, but NASA went with Parkes because of the superior quality from that receiving station.

 
"…pass on to the Parkes people that their labour was not in vain, they’ve given us the best TV yet."

- NASA’s Network Officer, Ernie Randall, during the Apollo 11 TV transmission

http://www.parkes.atnf.csiro.au/news_events/apollo11/introduction.html

Come on, people.  It’s time to go.

Happy 45th anniversary, Apollo 11 team*. And thank-you.

Nobody watching those first TV images at 9:00 o’clock (U.S. Eastern time) on a Sunday in July would ever have guessed that the moon would still be unoccupied 45 years on….


*I include all of the several hundred thousand people who worked on the program.  It demonstrated what could be achieved by a focused and dedicated workforce representing government and industry working in concert.

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Grand feats of space exploration without a military agenda. I want that to be my nation.image

Vance Brand, Tom Stafford, Alexei Leonov, Valery Kubasov, Deke Slayton: Crew of the US-USSR Apollo-Soyuz test project mission that culminated in a successful earth orbital mission (July 15 to July 24, 1975).

This post includes a couple of pictures of the sky, before I started putting up the 4x8 panels.  I couldn’t resist, after many months of being shrouded in tarpaulins.

All the wood panels are now up, except for some pieces that will be fitted around the glass after the glass is set in place.

It is a pleasant perspective, looking at the woods from 20 feet up.

TINY HOUSE UPDATE!  It was a long, cold winter but the shed weathered it alright.  The tarps came off this weekend, and the roof is going on.

The ruined umbrella was in better condition last year; it was erected at the job site continuously so I had to put it up again, for luck.  You’re looking at it through the opening in the northwest corner of the roof.  This area will be glass instead of shingles.  Nice sky views….

Roof details to follow, in the next post.

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