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The world’s first ever televised solar eclipse …

The world’s first ever televised solar eclipse …

The world’s first ever televised solar eclipse occured exactly 67 years ago yesterday. This was the first time that a television-viewing audience saw a solar eclipse. The event was broadcast on March 7, 1951. Oddly enough, the significance of the broadcast by CBS News failed to move some experts at the time. Robert Coles, then the curator of the Hayden Planetarium, was quoted telling the New York Times: “Please, I ask you, don’t get people too excited about it. You see, if we get people expecting a big show they’ll be disappointed. Then they won’t pay attention when we have a genuine celestial wonder to call to their attention. Please keep this quiet.”


The Man Who Sold the Moon … in 1951

The Man Who Sold the Moon … in 1951 


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my sunday poem … # 5

my sunday poem … # 5


Today’s poem is called Buzzwords. It is dedicated to Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and I wrote it in July 1999, on the 30th anniversary of the first moon-landing. Now aged 85, Buzz was the second man to walk on the moon. The picture below shows Buzz Aldrin as photographed by Neil Armstrong. You can see just Armstrong’s reflection in Aldrin’s visor.



in magnificent desolation
the faceless silver god
drifts across the windless plains

he regards his homeland
shining in the void
and loneliness like a river
courses through his veins


Astronaut Neil Armstrong … the 1951 Connection

Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012)

Astronaut Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the moon died recently, aged 82.  He was commander of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. Neil Armstrong saw action during the Korean War. He flew F9F-2B Panthers with VF-51 “Screaming Eagles” off USS Essex. He had to eject from an aircraft on Sept. 3, 1951 after being hit by gunfire. While making a bombing run, he took anti-aircraft fire near Wonsan, North Korea. Though he was able to pilot the jet back to friendly territory, he was forced to eject from the damaged aircraft.

F9F – Panther over Korea.