On July 27, some people get a rare celestial treat: the longest total lunar eclipse of the century. As the Earth snuggles into perfect alignment between the moon and sun, its shadow will completely cover the moon. Rather than appearing as a black spot in the heavens, however, our sole natural satellite will exude a blood-red hue.
Yes, it's the blood moon. And while skywatchers today will look up to the heavens in awe (if they're in the right spot), people long ago took a change in lunar hue as a sign of doom — a good reason to panic.
For instance, folklore suggests that Christopher Columbus knew a lunar eclipse would happen on Feb. 29, 1504, and used this to his advantage.
Read more here: LiveScience
Today we are throwing back to the sixties with our Apollo Trajectory Plot Blueprint.
Prepared by the NASA Office of Manned Space Flight in May of 1967, this poster shows the flight path that took Apollo Astronauts to the moon and back. It served as a blueprint for the first lunar landing in July of 1969. Orbital paths indicate the positions of the Saturn V, the Command Service Module, and Lunar Excursion Module at each critical stage of the mission. Printed in four colors on 80 lb. stock, this impressive poster also provides explanations for several NASA acronyms.
Each Aero-Art blueprint is digitally scanned from original, vintage NASA artwork. Our artists then sharpen and define the detail and colors, and remove tears, creases, coffee stains, etc. Each pristine file is then printed on acid-free, archival 100# paper and ships rolled in a protective bag and tube with an informational label.
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Hanging dramatically in the west during evening on Sunday, July 15th, will be a bright “star” and crescent: Venus and the Moon. The cosmic couple will be quite the eye-catcher if your sky is clear.
Look for them due west as twilight fades. The best viewing will probably be from about 40 to 60 minutes after your local sunset time. Hunt for them too early, and the sky will still be too bright to display them well. Look too late, and they’ll be sinking very low on their way to setting.
Read more at SkyAndTelescope.com
We thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite space/science fiction movie scenes that relate to our products.
We are going to start with the epic Apollo 13. When disaster struck the crew of Apollo 13 as shown in the scene below, the astronauts encountered numerous technical problems including having to use the LEM Aquarius as a “lifeboat” to return home alive.
Check out MRG's LEM Equipment Layout/Blueprint here:
LEM Equipment Layout
One of the most actively changing areas on Mars are the steep edges of the North Polar layered deposits. This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows many new ice blocks compared to an earlier image in December 2006. An animation shows one example, where a section of ice cliff collapsed. The older image (acquired in bin-2 mode) is not as sharp as the newer one.
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Mars - Olympus Mons Limited Edition
This is pretty cool if it is indeed Stanley Kubrick.
A video has surfaced which appears to feature Stanley Kubrick himself explaining the end of 1968's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Allow us to explain.
Much like the Star Child of the film, the origins of this video are a little complicated and weird. Kubrick doesn’t appear in person in the video, just his voice, so we can’t confirm it’s really him—but it does sound like the famous filmmaker.
According to the YouTube channel that posted the video, the footage is from filmmaker Jun’ichi Yaoi. In 1980, he was making a documentary about paranormal experiences and chose to explore Stanley Kubrick’s The Shiningthrough a set visit and interviews. The feature was never released but, reportedly, a VHS of the raw footage sold on eBay in 2016 and has now made its way online.
Read more at io9 here:
EXCLUSIVE: Star Trek‘s George Takei will be beamed into Comic-Con on July 19 to help introduce From the Bridge, a new sci-fi documentary that chronicles the evolution of sci-fi, horror and comic book fandom, as recounted by some well-known names from the genres. Clips of the documentary will be shown during a panel discussion on the first day of the convention.
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