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Feb 11, 2020. 16 comments

Developer Finds USB Chargers Have as Much Processing Power as the Apollo 11 Guidance Computers

Developer Finds USB Chargers Have as Much Processing Power as the Apollo 11 Guidance Computers

It comes as no surprise that the guidance computers aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft were impossibly primitive compared to the pocket computers we all carry around 50 years later. But on his website, an Apple developer analyzed the tech specs even further and found that even something as simple as a modern USB charger is packed with more processing power.

Forrest Heller, a software developer...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 27, 2019. 5 comments

Deepfake Art Project Reimagines Nixon’s Speech Had Apollo 11 Gone Horribly Wrong

Deepfake Art Project Reimagines Nixon’s Speech Had Apollo 11 Gone Horribly Wrong

A prepared speech that President Richard Nixon thankfully never had to make has been brought to life in an art project that poses the question: Can a deepfake rewrite history?

As Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins traveled towards the Moon in July 1969, President Richard Nixon had a speech ready just in case the mission ended in disaster. The undelivered...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 01, 2019. 14 comments

How the Smithsonian Prevents Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit From Slowly Destroying Itself With Harmful Gases

How the Smithsonian Prevents Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit From Slowly Destroying Itself With Harmful Gases
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFGIF: Adam Savage’s Tested (YouTube)

Short of entombing it in a giant resin block like a prehistoric mosquito trapped in amber, the Smithsonian’s conservators can’t stop Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from slowly breaking down over time. But, as Adam Savage discovered, they have come up with a clever way to slow down the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 29, 2019. 6 comments

Hey, Check It Out: Butter Astronauts

Hey, Check It Out: Butter Astronauts

This year’s Ohio State Fair has, par for the course, giant butter sculptures—but this year it has butter astronauts carved to celebrate the recent 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Per CNET, visitors to the fair (which began on July 24 and runs until Aug. 4 in Columbus, Ohio) can see huge butter carvings of Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins....

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Jul 26, 2019. 12 comments

Intenté cagar como lo hacían los astronautas del Apollo 11. Fue horrible

Intenté cagar como lo hacían los astronautas del Apollo 11. Fue horrible

Desde que los seres humanos empezaron a meterse en tarros de metal y lanzarse al espacio, hay una cosa que todo el mundo quiere saber: ¿cómo hacen para ir al baño? Vale, puedes leer sobre cómo lo hacen y, para la mayoría de las personas, eso es suficiente. Pero no para mí. Quería vivir el proceso. Quería saberlo, pero saberlo de verdad.

En este caso, saberlo realmente significa cagar en una...

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Jul 22, 2019. 7 comments

Los astronautas que pisaron la Luna por primera vez lo pasaron mal al volver a casa

Los astronautas que pisaron la Luna por primera vez lo pasaron mal al volver a casa

Cuando Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong y Michael Collins (¡sí, había un tercer astronauta!) abandonaron la Tierra, eran ingenieros, pilotos de pruebas y propiedad del gobierno de Estados Unidos. Cuando regresaron a la Tierra, eran héroes, y no estaban preparados para el estrellato.

Esquire ha publicado un excelente artículo centrado en Michael Collins, el astronauta olvidado que orbitó la Luna en...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 22, 2019.

Saving an Ice Shelf, Lunar Conspiracies, and the Butterfly Effect: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Saving an Ice Shelf, Lunar Conspiracies, and the Butterfly Effect: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The third week of July 2019 is past us—and if you live in much of the Midwest or the East Coast, it’s been one helluva hot one with a

heat wave breaking one-day temperature records in NYC and conditions in Washington, D.C. and Cincinnati compared to Death Valley and Nairobi respectively. And while it’s difficult to peg any one weather event solely to climate change, scientists will confirm...
Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 22, 2019. 16 comments

Former NASA Intern Scores $1.82 Million for Moon Landing Tapes He Bought at Auction

Former NASA Intern Scores $1.82 Million for Moon Landing Tapes He Bought at Auction

Former NASA intern Gary George sold off three of the agency’s videotapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing for $1.82 million at auction house Sotheby’s on Saturday, the 50th anniversary of the event, CNN reported.

Sotheby’s claims the videos have not been enhanced, restored, or otherwise altered and are the “earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man’s first steps on the...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 21, 2019. 16 comments

European Space Agency Chief Urges Humanity to Protect Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1 Landing Sites

European Space Agency Chief Urges Humanity to Protect Apollo 11, Lunokhod 1 Landing Sites

July 20, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the date when Apollo 11 crewmembers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the lunar surface, and the chief of the European Space Agency (ESA) wants to give their landing site, Tranquility Base, special heritage status.

Per the Guardian, ESA director general Jan Wörner wants the site—as well as the landing site of Lunokhod 1,...

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Jul 21, 2019. 8 comments

Los astronautas de la misión Apollo llevaban entre su equipo un machete de 43 centímetros

Los astronautas de la misión Apollo llevaban entre su equipo un machete de 43 centímetros

Cuando la NASA mandó a los humanos a la Luna por primera vez, quería que sus astronautas estuvieran preparados para cualquier cosa. Por lo tanto, aparte de proporcionarles comida, mapas y suministros médicos, los astronautas del Apollo 11 también tenían un machete de 43 centímetros.

Sí, has leído bien. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin y Michael Collins fueron a la Luna con un machete. El cuchillo,...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 19, 2019. 23 comments

This Moon Machete Didn't Turn Me Into an Astronaut, But It Did Murder My Boss's Weeds

This Moon Machete Didn't Turn Me Into an Astronaut, But It Did Murder My Boss's Weeds
Moon WeekAs we approach the 50th anniversary of the U.S. landing on the Moon, we look back at the hopes, fears, and ingenuity inspired by our closest cosmic neighbor.  

When NASA sent humans to the Moon for the very first time, it wanted its astronauts prepared for anything. So in addition to food, maps, and medical supplies, Apollo 11 carried a giant, 17-inch knife into space.

Yes, Neil...

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Carlos Zahumenszky Carlos Zahumenszky Jul 19, 2019. 11 comments

Apollo 11: Los mayores mitos, verdaderos y falsos, sobre la misión que puso al ser humano en la Luna

Apollo 11: Los mayores mitos, verdaderos y falsos, sobre la misión que puso al ser humano en la Luna

La llegada del hombre a la Luna es uno de esos momentos que perduran para siempre en el imaginario colectivo, pero como la palabra ya sugiere, a menudo la historia real se viste con abundantes mitos y leyendas, algunos ciertos, otros completamente falsos. Hoy vamos a repasar algunos de ellos.

A lo largo de este artículo hablaremos de mitos y datos poco conocidos sobre cómo transcurrió la Misión...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 18, 2019. 15 comments

The Weird Ways NASA Thought Moon Dust Might Kill Apollo Astronauts

The Weird Ways NASA Thought Moon Dust Might Kill Apollo Astronauts
Moon WeekAs we approach the 50th anniversary of the U.S. landing on the Moon, we look back at the hopes, fears, and ingenuity inspired by our closest cosmic neighbor.  

Prior to the first Moon landing, scientists had good reason to believe the lunar surface was covered in a fine layer of dust. While this might not sound like a big deal, it presented a host of concerns to the Apollo mission...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 18, 2019. 12 comments

Breathtaking Simulation Recreates Neil Armstrong’s View of the Apollo 11 Landing

Breathtaking Simulation Recreates Neil Armstrong’s View of the Apollo 11 Landing
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFA simulated perspective of Neil Armstrong’s view of the Apollo 11 landing. Video is sped up 3x. GIF: NASA/LROC/GizmodoMoon WeekAs we approach the 50th anniversary of the U.S. landing on the Moon, we look back at the hopes, fears, and ingenuity inspired by our closest cosmic neighbor.  

Choppy video taken by a camera...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Jul 17, 2019. 20 comments

Here Are the Bad Things NASA Thought Might Happen to the First Astronauts on the Moon

Here Are the Bad Things NASA Thought Might Happen to the First Astronauts on the Moon
Moon WeekAs we approach the 50th anniversary of the U.S. landing on the Moon, we look back at the hopes, fears, and ingenuity inspired by our closest cosmic neighbor.  

Fifty years ago this week, humankind landed on the Moon for the first time. It was one of the most impressive technological feats ever pulled off, filled with peril and uncertainty. Given that, it’s fair to wonder just what...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 16, 2019. 23 comments

How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet

How Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories Spread Before the Internet
Moon WeekAs we approach the 50th anniversary of the U.S. landing on the Moon, we look back at the hopes, fears, and ingenuity inspired by our closest cosmic neighbor.  

Conspiracy theories about the Moon landing have been around for years. Decades, in fact. And while it’s easier than ever to spread false stories thanks to the internet, the belief that humans never landed on the Moon is way...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 16, 2019. 19 comments

CBS News is Livestreaming the Original Apollo 11 Launch Broadcast in Real Time Right Now

CBS News is Livestreaming the Original Apollo 11 Launch Broadcast in Real Time Right Now

CBS News is currently livestreaming its original broadcast from fifty years ago, when the original Apollo 11 crew launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to put the first humans on the Moon.

The event is being livestreamed in real time, and while the launch won’t occur until 9:32 am ET today, you can watch what Americans saw on July 16, 1969. As you can see from the screenshot above,...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Jul 10, 2019. 15 comments

The Rocket That Took Humans to the Moon Will Be Projected on the Washington Monument Next Week

The Rocket That Took Humans to the Moon Will Be Projected on the Washington Monument Next Week

The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing is coming up on July 20 and there are events being held all around Washington D.C. to celebrate. One of the coolest events will be at the Washington Monument, where a full-scale, 363-foot Saturn V rocket will be digitally projected on the landmark as a 17-minute show about the Apollo 11 mission plays on screens nearby.

The event, which is free to the...

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Jody Serrano Jody Serrano Jul 08, 2019. 6 comments

La NASA restaura el antiguo centro de control que guió al Apollo 11

La NASA restaura el antiguo centro de control que guió al Apollo 11

Se podría decir que es el Centro de Control Apollo, sala donde los equipos de la NASA guiaron durante décadas misiones como Gemini, Apollo, Apollo/Soyuz Skylab o Space Shuttle, es el más conocido del mundo. La mayoría de nosotros lo hemos visto en una forma u otra, ya sea en fotos antiguas de la NASA o en películas sobre el espacio.

Este año, la NASA ha restaurado esta icónica sala de control...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Jul 06, 2019. 4 comments

An Aerospace Engineer Figured Out How To Get Lego's Apollo 11 Lunar Lander To Fly

An Aerospace Engineer Figured Out How To Get Lego's Apollo 11 Lunar Lander To Fly
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFGIF: Adam WoodworthToys and CollectiblesAction figures, statues, exclusives, and other merchandise. Beware: if you look here, you’re probably going to spend some money afterwards.  

It’s not quite as challenging as actually landing a pair of astronauts on the moon, but aerospace engineer and talented toy hacker

Adam...

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