Apollo Special Part 1! Free Astronomy Magazine – May-June 2019 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Above: The ultimate anti-selfie, taken by astronaut Michael Collins while awaiting the docking of the lunar module “Eagle,” lunar orbit, Apollo 11, 1969. Credit: Michael Collins (and NASA for the travel assist).

The text below was written by Collins while in orbit – and isolation – as Neil and Buzz took America’s (dare I say, the world’s) first steps on the Moon:

“I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life. I am it. If a count were taken, the score would be three billion plus two over on the other side of the moon, and one plus God knows what on this side.”

The above image is one of my prized desktop backgrounds and one I try to work into every astronomy talk I give – if for no other reason than how different it is from every other photo ever taken. At the time this image was taken, in the history of the entire planet, everyone who isn’t Michael Collins – living and dead – is on the *other* side of the camera. It’s the ultimate anti-selfie.

Such is the kind of comment that will fly around the internets this summer with the 50th Anniversary of the absolutely-historic, monumental-achievement, why-do-moon-landing-hoaxers-hate-America-? Apollo 11 mission.

As part of that anniversary celebration, Michele Ferrara at Free Astronomy Magazine has worked up an excellent two-parter on the mission itself, starting with a massive article and image spread in the May-June 2019 issue.

Of course, you can’t go a month without reporting on The Event Horizon Telescope release of our first image of a black hole (this one in prime observing target Messier 87). An excellent, packed issue all around for your consideration.

As always, please download, read, and pass along. Also, check out the many back issues at www.astropublishing.com

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Free Astronomy Magazine – March-April 2019 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Above: The quasar J043947.08+163415.7 (red) is extremely far away, and its light has been amplified by an intervening galaxy (blue) much closer to Earth. Credit: NASA, ESA, and X. Fan (University of Arizona)

The March-April 2019 issue of Free Astronomy Magazine is available for your reading and downloading pleasure.

To the several NASA and ESA highlights included in this bi-month’s issue (including a wonderful collection of Spirit and Opportunity images in celebration of Opportunity’s recent end-of-mission status announcement), Michele Ferrara has managed to both (a) make you hopeful about our future as a science-spreading civilization in the galaxy and (b) remind you how far we have to go here on Earth to improve our appreciation of that same galaxy. Hopefully, the Genesis Project (no, not really that one (but sort-of). This other one – besides this issue, see phys.org and universetoday.com) and Orbital Advertising (not going to dignify it with additional links) articles give you deep – and different – pause.

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Free Astronomy Magazine – January-February 2019 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Above: This illustration shows what the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right). Credit: SETI Institute.

Slightly late to the posting game – the January-February issue of Free Astronomy Magazine is available for your reading and downloading pleasure. Highlights from the original content (h/t Michele Ferrara) include an excellent introduction to panspermia and the wonderful ways in which small, dense solar systems (like TRAPPIST-1, one of the only solar systems with its own website – www.trappist.one) might serve as test beds for better understanding if such an explanation is applicable to ourselves and our Earth – either from a local source (Mars?) or from the greater beyond.

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