“The Eagle has landed”, in 1969, and the now famous line was coined – “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind!” (Armstrong has said in interviews he was misquoted and did say the “a”). It seems we got to the moon and lost our way, like the challenge of space was over, instead of just beginning. After taking an extended break we seem to be back at it again. There are those that feel the rewards are not worth the cost and effort, maybe that’s true… but what if it isn’t? Those doubters once thought that the world was flat and that they would find nothing by sailing the seas, that sailors would just fall off the edge eventually and drift off into a sky filled with nothing. Those doubters were wrong. So what might we discover in space? Who knows but if we can figure out a way to get there, we should at least try.
How to celebrate – Read about what space exploration has already taken place. Watch all the new space launches. Become an astronaut.
June 30th Meteor Day
Duck! Somewhere between 20 to 25 million meteors hit the earth’s atmosphere every day! Of course, most burn up before they actually hit the earth’s surface but some get through letting us use our imagination of where they came from and how they got here. Most come from stars and other matter in space exploding and shooting across the sky. If we are lucky we can see one as it burns up in the atmosphere, if we are not lucky, one falls on our head! That gives a whole new meaning to “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket”!
How to celebrate – Visit one of the sites where a meteor has landed on Earth. Watch the sky at night for falling meteors. Get a steel umbrella.
July 20th National Moon Day
Today celebrates the day the astronauts first set foot on the moon in 1969. The “Eagle” had landed at Tranquility Base, it was “One small step for man. one giant leap for mankind”. Today also celebrates the Apollo program started by John F. Kennedy to compete with the Russian space program. The moon is something you can admire nearly every night. I don’t think anybody knows exactly what purpose the moon serves but since it’s there, might as well put it to use! Some say there is a man in the moon, others say it’s the Marine emblem, some think it’s made of cheese and a few think it’s showing your rear end out the window of a car. Guess it’s your choice, choose wisely.
How to celebrate
– Look up at the moon. Have a
moonlight picnic out in your yard. Call
Space-X and get your ticket to go to the moon.
If you like watching the sky today you have added reasons to watch, it’s National Meteor Day! In many areas it’s actually called Meteor Watch Day but who cares, it’s the same difference. The idea is to watch for meteors, remember the “Catch a falling a star and put it in your pocket”? Well, you might not want to really do that. On June 30th, 1908 a meteor hit Siberia and wiped out tress for forty miles! Try and put that one in your pocket! The most visible seems to be the Perseid Meteor Shower, which won’t reach it’s maximum activity until August so you may want to set up a cot cause you might be there for a while. Remember to wish on whatever you see falling unless that happens to be an airplane… then it’s time to pray.
How to celebrate – Watch the night sky for meteors. Make a list of what you would wish for in case you see more than one! Get out of the way if you see a meteor coming in your direction.
Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to make it into space. She was a specialist aboard STS-7 on June 18th, 1983. (Man that seems so long ago) Though she passed in 2012, she will live on in history, and the memory of those interested in the American Space Program. We should celebrate anyone who is the first to do anything, but I wonder if she did it to be the first woman in space or just because that was her love and drive. I have to believe, knowing a little of what it takes to become and astronaut, that it was her life, not because she was a male or female. I believe anyone can do what they want in life but do it for the right reasons, not to just get the press.. which in the end means nothing to anyone. Sally Ride was born on May 26th, 1951 and spent her life accomplishing what she wanted from life.
How to celebrate – Study Sally Ride’s accomplishments. Honor the entire space program and all who worked so hard to accomplish it. Be all that you can be.
May 3rd National & International Space Day
This holiday always falls on the first Friday in May. It was
created by the Lockheed Martin Corporation in 1997 to honor all the
accomplishments made in space, and those still to be made in the future. John
Glenn helped make the day an International holiday. Space is our newest
frontier. It’s hard to say what we may yet discover and how it will help man
but there is little doubt that it will be a part of our future.
How to celebrate – Visit NASA. Read about all the new Space
Programs that are operating today. Read about the requirements it takes to be
Dec. 8th – National Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
Until recently, I thought time travel was something you did in a time travel machine. I guess you still can, if you can find one, but apparently, the most common time travel comes from just believing you have traveled back in time! That’s a pretty good trick!
Oh, and you can die and come back and live the same life all over again as well. No matter, since you probably can’t actually do any of these, just choose one and pretend you are traveling.
How to celebrate – Read about time travel. Try and build your own time travel machine. Just imagine you are going back in time, remember not to change anything while you are there!
Today commemorates the Spacecraft Mariner 4 closing to within 6,118 miles of Mars, a planet named after the mythical War of God, Ares. The date was, November 28th, 1964. The mission took 228 days and sent back photos of the Red Planet, red because of the filter on the lens of the camera on the spacecraft.
The temperatures on Mars run from -207 degrees F to +81. Not exactly the temperatures one might like to spend the winters in. It has two moons, Deimos and Phobos and it requires 687 days to circle the sun.
Mars is often visible to the naked eye from earth and as such many have dreamed and had fantasies about Mars. However it is just a planet, too cold to support life and of little use to those on earth.
Perhaps there may be life below the surface, we will not know until we set foot on the planet. If this is what you are waiting for, you might have to wait a while since we no longer have a space program pf our own. Since profits now lead the program from the private sector, there seems little worth landing on Mars for.
Space, the final frontier. Who knows what we may find out there, what may save our planet from destruction. We know little of what may be out there but logic dictates there is very little there.
How to celebrate – Look in the nigh sky for Mars. Study the photos sent back by Mariner 4. Learn more about Ares.
September 8th Star Trek Day
Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek using an international cast when international relationships were at an all-time high stress level. The series began in 1966 and when American and Russian relations were near an all time low.
Yet while the Starship Enterprise was an American vessel it was crewed by international characters from all over the world. (And in some from beyond the world) The enemies were creates from other planets where the human race, as well as other races, had to work together to solve problems.
How to celebrate – Pretend to be your favorite Star Trek Character. Binge watch Star Trek. See how many nationalities you can find in a single Star Trek episode.
July 20th National Moon Day
Well for those of us that grew up before the Space Program came into vision, this day could mean an entirely different thing! However, that said, today we celebrate man’s first steps on the moon. Neil Armstrong was the first there on July 20th 1969, Buzz Aldrin soon followed.
They spent 2 and a half hours on the surface of the moon. It was quite an achievement, but of course there are those who say we never really got there. I believe we did.. so did Richard Nixon who, in 1971 as President, proclaimed the day but never followed up on it. Richard Christmas did, and the day was official recognized by Congress in 1975.
How to celebrate – Imagine yourself on the moon. Learn the different meanings of the moon’s cycles. Read about the space programs.