Today in History for February 3rd

Highlights of this day in history: the ‘day the music died’ during early rock ‘n roll; the Luna 9 probe lands on the Moon; the first woman to pilot a Space Shuttle; painter Norman Rockwell and composer Felix Mendelssohn born. (Feb. 3)

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FILE : Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the Moon with Japanese billionaire | AFP

A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket. Yusaku Maezawa, who recently announced his break-up with a Japanese actress, is accepting applications from “single women aged 20 or over” who want to enjoy life to the fullest.

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Get away from it all…in space | AFP AnimĂ©

Videographic showing how holidays in space may soon become the latest craze. A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Eyeing Moon, NASA hosts first public astronaut graduation ceremony | AFP

NASA celebrates its latest class of graduating astronauts at a public ceremony in Houston, honoring a diverse and gender-balanced group now qualified for spaceflight missions including America’s return to the Moon and eventual journey to Mars.

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NASA’s new astronaut class features six women

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons says when the first woman steps onto the Moon it will be a “unifying event.” (Jan. 10)

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The Moon | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Moon. NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency’s head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in 2024 despite being beset by delays.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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‘Ring of fire’ eclipse wows across Asia | AFP

Skywatchers from Saudi Arabia and Oman to India and Singapore were treated to a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse. Annular eclipses occur when the Moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the Sun, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible. de la progression de l’Ă©clipse et des spectateursN°1NB249N°1NB3Y5

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‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse seen from the Philippines | AFP

Images of an annular eclipse progression as seen from Balut Island, Philippines. Annular eclipses occur when the Moon is not close enough to the Earth to completely obscure the Sun, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible.

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The Moon | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Moon. India’s Vikram lunar lander, which crashed on its final approach to the Moon’s surface in September, has been found thanks in part to the sleuthing efforts of an amateur space enthusiast.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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The Moon | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Moon. As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth’s natural satellite for the first time in history.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Indian PM consoles scientists after moon-lander lost contact | AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi comforts scientists and a stunned nation from the lunar program’s command centre in Banglalore, after India’s space program lost contact with an unmanned spacecraft moments before it was due to make a historic soft landing on the Moon.

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Pence reaffirms US plans to go to Moon, then Mars

Vice President Mike Pence led the 6th meeting of the National Space Council Tuesday, touting America’s commitment to space exploration. Pence reaffirmed the administration’s pledge to return to the Moon by 2024 and then continue on to Mars. (Aug. 20)

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Chandrayaan 2: India aims for the moon | AFP Animé

India’s Chandrayaan 2 spacecraft entered lunar orbit on Tuesday, executing one of the trickiest manoeuvres on its historic mission to the Moon. Videographic on the Chandrayaan-2 mission.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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India launches historic bid to put spacecraft on Moon | AFP

India launcheS a bid to become a leading space power, sending up a rocket to put a craft on the surface of the Moon in what it called a “historic day” for the nation.

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Moon landing fete in Neil Armstrong’s hometown

Celebrations were in full swing across the country for the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world. In Neil Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, nearly 2,000 runners competed in “Run to the Moon” races. (July 20)

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The Conspiracy Theorists Who Don’t Think We Went To The Moon

July 20, 1969 marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing– one of the greatest achievements in human history. However, millions of Americans still dont believe we went. We spoke to three of the moon truthers, who have devoted their lives to proving it never happened.

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Today in History for July 20th

Highlights of this day in history: The first men to walk on the Moon; Viking One lands on Mars; Nazi Germany’s dictator Adolf Hitler wounded in an assassination attempt; Mountaineer Edmund Hillary and musician Carlos Santana born. (July 20)

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Buzz Aldrin calls for collaboration as new space race begins | AFP

Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, Buzz Aldrin, one of the Apollo 11 crew memebers, appears at the US Space and Rocket center for an anniversary commemoration dinner.

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Partial lunar eclipse seen from Cyprus | AFP

According to the the Britain’s Royal Astronomical Society, today’s eclipse should see around 60 percent of the Moon’s visible surface obscured by the Earth’s shadow. IMAGES

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