Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Apollo 11, the Moon, and Google

"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."
Words uttered this day, July 20, 1969, by Neil Armstrong, as he became the first man to walk on the moon. He and Colonel Aldrin landed their lunar module, the "Eagle," and spent a total of 21 hours and 37 minutes on the moon's surface before redocking with "Columbia." Before a joint session of Congress, September of 1969, Commander Neil Armstrong stated: "To those of you who have advocated looking high we owe our sincere gratitude, for you have granted us the opportunity to see some of the grandest views of the Creator."

Source:, Wikipedia

NASA's Image of the Day for this day is of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin as he walks on the surface of the moon near the leg of the lunar module.

Google is celebrating the historical event by "lauching" Google Maps: Moon. Since Google does have plans to establish an engineering facility on the Moon, I do not doubt that the entire visible side of the Moon will indeed be mapped, complete with directions and points of interest, before 2069. You can apply now for engineering positions at Google's lunar hosting and research center, the Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (G.C.H.E.E.S.E.), a brave new frontier in search science.
Yes, that is a joke.

1 comment:

  1. I did not realize that today Neal walked on the moon. Thanks.
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