Friday, July 20, 2012

43rd anniversary of Apollo 11

43 years ago today, 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on our nearest companion in the solar system changing humankind's history forever.

NASA put together a documentary called "The Journeys of Apollo" for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

Take a look at NASA's official site.

Look at incredible panoramas of the lunar surface and Apollo missions at

Was the moon landing a hoax...? Find out at:
Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy links

Moon Base Clavius

More on Apollo 11 and Space Exploration:
Select Books and Videos at BSU Libraries
(click on the link to view the CardCat record)

10:56:20 PM EDT, 7/20/69 : the historic conquest of the moon as reported to the American people / by CBS News over the CBS Television network.
TL789.8.U6 A527 1970 (ARCHIVES)

Apollo 11 / by U.S. G.P.O.
NAS 1.45:5 (GOV-PUBS)

Apollo [videorecording] : missions to the moon / by Dastar Corp.
VIDEO VHS 12533-12539 (ED-RES)

Team Moon : how 400,000 people landed Apollo 11 on the moon / by Catherine Thimmesh.
629.45 T443TE (ED-RES)

Buzz Aldrin : the pilot of the first moon landing / by Amy Sterling Casil.
92 A3655CA (ED-RES)

Moon rocks and minerals; scientific results of the study of the Apollo 11 lunar samples with preliminary data on Apollo 12 samples / by Alfred A. Levinson and S. Ross Taylor.
QB592 .L48 1971 (GEN-COLL)

Appointment on the moon; the full story of Americans in space from Explorer 1 to the lunar landing and beyond / by Richard S. Lewis.
TL789.8.U5 L46 1969 (GEN-COLL)

First on the moon. A voyage with Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins [and] Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., / by Neil Armstrong, Gene Farmer, Dora Jane Hamblin.
TL789.8.U6 A516 (GEN-COLL)

Return to the Moon : exploration, enterprise, and energy in the human settlement of space / by Harrison Schmitt
TL799.M6 S36 2006 (GEN-COLL)

Friday, July 06, 2012

the Higgs boson

Particle buzz
Since Wednesday, 04 July, there has been lots of buzz about CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) possibly finding the Higgs boson all over the web in news reports, blog entries, humorous memes, tweets, etc. Nothing is confirmed yet but the findings look promising.

What is it?
In at nutshell, the Higgs boson is the particle that creates a field (ie the Higgs field) which imparts mass to all other particles as they travel through it. It means that matter matters because it has mass.

So what?
Finding the Higgs is a verifiable Big Deal because without it, the standard model -the prevailing cosmological explanation of the origins and functioning of the universe- collapses and we're left to sort out of a new model of the universe once again.

Why is it referred to as "the God particle"?
Dr. Peter Higgs himself explains why author Leon M. Lederman coined the term (see Library Resources below).

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