Almost exactly 50 years ago, man first walked on the moon. I remember this moment. I remember that my father brought home an old black and white television - a valve job, of course - in anticipation of the moon landings. On that fateful 20th July at around 9:15pm, Neil Armstrong announced, “Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed” - and I heard it. And at almost 4am the following day (still the 20th in the USA), Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder of the Lunar Module and uttered, perhaps the most famous phrase in the world, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” - and I heard it and saw it.
I was seven and a bit years old - but it had such a profound effect on me, perhaps steering me towards maths, physics and science generally in my youth. Exploration of space has allowed us to probe the universe - with space-borne telescopes and other instruments, and allowed us to see almost to the point of the Big Bang, helping to explain the origins of the universe and ourselves. The Hubble Space Telescope is only possible by virtue of the entire space program that preceded it - and in one classic photograph taken in 1995, Hubble was pointed to a “blank” point of sky and an exposure was made that contained 1,500 galaxies - in fact, every object in the photograph was a galaxy, giving some tangibility to the sheer enormity of our universe. In recent times a similar image was constructed from 16 years of data across a slightly wider field, that image contains 265,000 galaxies!
We’ve been on vacation for the last two weeks and we are now back in Montreal and ready to make awesome straps! BTW, the rocky Mountains In Alberta and BC are breathtaking! You have to go there especially if you’re in Canada!