1/7/2011 5:50 AM
Paul McLane is editor in chief of the U.S. edition of Radio World.
I can't help it, I'm a space geek. To me nothing has ever been cooler than watching Apollo rockets blast off, or watching Walter Cronkite or Wally Schirra explain mid-orbit maneuvers with little plastic models as I tried to imagine what was really going on out there in the deep quiet. Maybe it has something to do with the wonder of being 8 years old. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that space travel is, simply, wonder-worthy.
If you know what I'm talking about, if you remember being transfixed by that kind of stuff, you'll want to spend time with the Apollo 11 Lunar Surface Journal
. Photos, press kits, flight plans, wonderful stuff ... nothing better though than reading the actual Journal and the moment-by-moment transcripts from the Apollo 11 mission, with extensive explanatory text. What a trove. "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon July 1969, A.D. We came in peace for all mankind."
See it at http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/