Here’s an cool bit of trivia. Today is the 50th anniversary of the landing of the uncrewed Soviet Luna 9 probe on the moon. After 11 previous tries, Luna 9 became the first spacecraft to manage a soft landing (not a crash landing) on the moon, or anyplace other than the earth, actually. 109 more words
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The first American to walk in space, Edward Higgins “Ed” White, was born on November 14th 1930, in San Antonio, Texas.
The son of a distinguished USAF major general, it was probably obvious from an early age that flying would figure big in his career, and after graduating from West Point in 1952 he joined the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant. 238 more words
Flown gold-tone tie tack pin carried on the Apollo 12 mission, approximately .75″ in diameter, depicting an American flag against a lunar background. Raised text on the reverse reads: “Flown to the moon by an intrepid crew, Apollo XII, November 1969, Conrad-Gordon-Bean.” In fine condition. 8 more words