Christmas Eve 1968

On December 24, 1968 the crew of Apollo 8 were about to come back to earth after being the first humans to orbit the moon. As they came around the moon they caught this beautiful image of the earth rising above the horizon of the moon.

As they approached their final lunar sunrise before returning to earth, they shared a brief Christmas message. I love the message that they shared from that orbit. They quoted Genesis and the story of the creation of the earth. On this night, when we remember Christ who came to earth to save us from our sins I hope that you enjoy this little clip.

And as they ended their broadcast, so I also wish you a “Good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth”

NASA’s Future Space Capsule

I saw this today and thought it was interesting. I’ve been really interested lately in the progress of SpaceX, a private space company. I’ve been a bit leery of private companies going into space because I’ve followed NASA for so long but I think they really may have something here. I like some things about this new concept vehicle from NASA but I think that SpaceX may be able to do a better job for less money.

See how NASA's new Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, based on the Orion capsule, stacks up against other crewed spaceships in this SPACE.com infographic.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration

 

My “Trip” to Scotland?

Hotmail Logo

Several weeks ago I tried to access my Hotmail account and found that the password had changed. I tried several passwords and none of them worked! Microsoft was supposed to have a way to recover the account by answering a question but the answer to my secret question had also been changed. I was a bit worried about this because I had recently started using Live Mesh to keep my documents synchronized between my several computers. I hoped that there was just a technical problem and that my data was either lost completely or at least not compromised.  I tried several other ways to recover my account with no success.

Then a few days ago the story got even better. I never used that account for email, only to sync documents, so you can imagine my surprise when I got an email from a good friend on my real email account telling me that he though my Hotmail account had been hacked! He said that he had received the following email from “me!” The email is one of those classic scam emails and so I’m including it here. There are tons of problems with this email and I would never send such a thing.

I’m sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it’s because of the situation of things right now.

I’m stuck in Scotland with family right now, we came down here on family vacation, we were robbed, worse of it is that bags, cash and cards and our cell phone were stolen at GUN POINT,and it’s hard to get hold of a phone here in Scotland it’s such a crazy experience for us, we need help flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% supportive but the good thing is we still have our passport but don’t have enough money to get our flight ticket back home, please i need you to loan us some money.

All we need is $2,500.00 but anything you can spare right now will be appreciated and I promise to refund it to you as soon as I arrive back home safely.. You have my word!

Thanks,

Well, I obviously wasn’t in Scotland. Also . . . how was I able to access a computer to send an email but couldn’t find a phone to use? Did I have a laptop with me? Well if I did, why didn’t the thief take that too. I don’t know! I guess it will remain a mystery.  Anyway, the moral of the story is: change your passwords often.

P.S.  I may not be the best writer, but my grammar is not that bad!

Water on the Moon!

This is is some of the most exciting news that I’ve seen on the space front in a while! For those of you who know me well, you know that I am passionate about manned space exploration and I hope that the Ares project will be able to continue and will get funding from the government to continue after this exciting announcement.  The hope is that the United States will return to the moon by 2020 and will hopefully establish a permanent base on the moon some time after that.

Lander and Astronaut on Surface

This report from MSNBC is a good view on water on the moon.

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