1. 09:43 25th Jul 2014

    notes: 441

    reblogged from: thegetty

    tags: moonastronomyhistory

    thegetty:

    The moon was visible, yet unreachable by keen astronomers like John herschel in the late 19th century. This photograph is actually of a detailed papier-mâché model of a moon crater. 

    Moon Crater, late 1850s, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

     
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    larathemagicdragon:

A fifties space book illustration
(Translation Finnish-English : Test rocket will probably be sent to hit the moon - later space rockets might transport humans as passengers)

    larathemagicdragon:

    A fifties space book illustration

    (Translation Finnish-English : Test rocket will probably be sent to hit the moon - later space rockets might transport humans as passengers)

     
  3. 11:38 5th May 2014

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    reblogged from: spacethebeyond

    tags: illustrationrocketmoon

    humanoidhistory:

    David A. Hardy illustrates lunar exploration in the 1960 book Astronautics by British astronomer Patrick Moore. (Dreams of Space)

     
  4. 21:18 18th Apr 2014

    notes: 17810

    reblogged from: benjamingrimes

    tags: astronomymoon

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    benjamingrimes:

Blood Moon eclipse. Next time I’m going to rent a longer lens.
4/15/14

    benjamingrimes:

    Blood Moon eclipse. Next time I’m going to rent a longer lens.

    4/15/14

     
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    posthorn:

An early photograph of the Moon, a daguerreotype taken by John W. Draper, March 26, 1840, in New York.

    posthorn:

    An early photograph of the Moon, a daguerreotype taken by John W. Draper, March 26, 1840, in New York.

    (Source: greenwichvillagehistory.wordpress.com)

     
  6. plays: 439

    thesonofdawn:

    The Snake The Cross The Crown - The Sun Tells The Moon

    The Sun tells the Moon,
    "Yeah, you should’ve been a star."
    The reply is a tune,
    yeah, the sun just stops- 
    saying, 
    "Oh… 
    That’s so sad… 
    Yeah, but i’m glad i heard it-
    You moons aren’t so bad…

    (Thanks to iamanxphile for the suggestion)

     
  7. rudygodinez:

    Maria  Clara Eimmart, Ten Depictions of Heavenly Phenomena, (late 17th century)

     Immart was the daughter of the history painter, portraitist and amateur astronomer Georg Christoph Eimmart, with whom she collaborated. Her father was director of the Malerakademie in Nürnberg but also established a private observatory. She was given a broad education in the fine arts, and specialized in botanical and astronomical illustrations. She made a series of some 350 drawings of lunar phases, observed by telescope, and captured on distinctive blue paper. Twelve of these were given to conte Marsili, a scientific collaborator with her father, of those twelve, ten survive in Bologna. She shortly thereafter married her father’s pupil and successor, the astronomer Johann Heinrich Müller and died in childbirth.

     
  8. plays: 509

    The Daylights - Boy on the Moon

    The boy on the moon’s getting restless

    I should never have wished for this 

    Sad and all alone

    The boy on the moon’s sick of crying

    Trying everything to get back, get back home.

    (Thanks to kikiavicenna for the suggestion.)

     
  9. discoverynews:

China’s Rover Rolls! Yutu Begins Moon Mission
Today at 3:35 p.m. EST (December 14, 4:35 a.m. Sunday, Beijing time), the Chinese Chang’E 3 lander lowered its rover to the moon’s surface. A CCTV television broadcast depicted recorded footage of the rover, called “Yutu” (“Jade Rabbit”), rolling off the lander’s sleds, trundling into the lunar dust. Read more
(Awesome GIFs courtesy of VidOrbital!)

    discoverynews:

    China’s Rover Rolls! Yutu Begins Moon Mission

    Today at 3:35 p.m. EST (December 14, 4:35 a.m. Sunday, Beijing time), the Chinese Chang’E 3 lander lowered its rover to the moon’s surface. A CCTV television broadcast depicted recorded footage of the rover, called “Yutu” (“Jade Rabbit”), rolling off the lander’s sleds, trundling into the lunar dust. Read more

    (Awesome GIFs courtesy of VidOrbital!)

     
  10. "China says it has successfully landed a craft carrying a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon, the first soft landing there for 37 years.

    On Saturday afternoon (December 14, GMT), a landing module used thrusters to touch down, marking the latest step in China’s ambitious space exploration programme.

    Several hours later, the lander will deploy a robotic rover called Yutu, which translates as “Jade Rabbit”.

    The touchdown took place on a flat plain called Sinus Iridum (“The Bay of Rainbows”).  

    The landing site is a flat volcanic plain, part of a larger feature known as Mare Imbrium that forms the right eye of the “Man in the Moon”.

    The lander will operate there for a year, while the rover is expected to work for some three months.

    After this, a mission to bring samples of lunar soil back to Earth is planned for 2017. And this may set the stage for further robotic missions, and - perhaps - a crewed lunar mission in the 2020s.

     via BBC

    To summarize: The Jade Rabbit has landed in the Bay of Rainbows, the right eye of the Man in the Moon (sounds like a fairy tale).