Apollo 14: A View from Antares

Fifty years ago this Friday, Apollo 14’s Lunar Module Antares landed on the Moon. Toward the end of the stay astronaut Ed Mitchell snapped a series of photos of the lunar surface while looking out a window, assembled into this detailed mosaic by Apollo Lunar Surface Journal editor Eric Jones. The view looks across the Fra Mauro highlands to the northwest of the landing site after the Apollo 14 astronauts had completed their second and final walk on the Moon. Prominent in the foreground is their Modular Equipment Transporter, a two-wheeled, rickshaw-like device used to carry tools and samples. Near the horizon at top center is a 1.5 meter wide boulder dubbed Turtle rock. In the shallow crater below Turtle rock is the long white handle of a sampling instrument, thrown there javelin-style by Mitchell. Mitchell’s fellow moonwalker and first American in space, Alan Shepard, also used a makeshift six iron to hit two golf balls. One of Shepard’s golf balls is just visible as a white spot below Mitchell’s javelin. via NASA https://ift.tt/39LRCzp

Wikipedia article of the day for February 4, 2021

Wikipedia article of the day is Nine Inch Nails live performances. Check it out: https://ift.tt/3oMzFok Summary: Since the band’s creation, the live performances of Nine Inch Nails, an industrial rock band, have been given worldwide. In addition to regular concerts, the band has performed at festivals and other one-off performances. Nine Inch Nails’ live performances differ from its in-studio counterparts. Frontman Trent Reznor writes and performs nearly all Nine Inch Nails studio material, but typically assembles groups of backing musicians for live performances. Keyboardist Alessandro Cortini said that “if you see the show and you’re used to the CDs it’s pretty clear that the studio entity is different from the live entity”. Live Nine Inch Nails performances are accompanied by lighting, stage, and video projection effects. Critical and commercial response to Nine Inch Nails live performances has generally been positive. Critics have pointed to the concerts’ aggressive on-stage dynamic and visual designs as high points. Reznor decided in 2008 to cease touring with the band after a 2009 farewell tour. The band resumed touring in 2013.