Apollo Program

TV astronomer Patrick Moore dies aged 89

Patrick Moore with trademark monocle. Photo: Reuters

Astronomer Patrick Moore, renowned for his work mapping the moon's surface and for having popularised his subject with the British public, died yesterday at the age of 89.

Monday, 10 December, 2012, 4:12am

Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the moon, dies at 82

Neil Armstrong, pictured in front of his photo during a visit to in Spain in 2005, commanded the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama and astronaut Buzz Aldrin led tributes to the Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, lauding him as a reluctant but true American hero.

Armstrong, who died aged 82 from complications following cardiac bypass surgery, was praised for his willingness to embrace and conquer challenges that once seemed impossible.

27 Aug 2012 - 6:14am

Apollo 11's mission was a 'giant leap for mankind' - and cold war rivalry

The lunar module. Photo: Reuters

At 9.32am on July 16, 1969, a 2,900-tonne Saturn V rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida carrying the Columbia lunar command module and the dreams of a generation.

The mission was Apollo 11, the commander was 38-year-old former navy pilot Neil Armstrong and the destination was the Sea of Tranquility, on the moon.

27 Aug 2012 - 11:57am

Fly Me to the Moon

Mon, 7pm, University of Hong Kong

There's a scene in the blockbuster movie Apollo 13 in which a Nasa employee drops a bunch of parts on a table in front of some engineers and demands they get a square through a circle: if they don't, three astronauts will be left to the worst possible fate.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach Norton, HK$208

It's depressing to criticise a book that tries to popularise science, but Packing for Mars is so willfully trivial and flippant it's almost worthless as a scientific guide.

12 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Proud tribute to 'mankind's finest hour'

It is an enduring monument to mankind's finest achievement, yet one that has stood unseen and unvisited for 40 years. Now, for the first time since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon, relics of the spaceship that got them there have been snapped for the first time, still planted in the lunar soil.

20 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

No place for rivalry in space exploration

The real Buzz Lightyear is in town. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, is here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing. His visit coincides with Nasa's launch yesterday of a pair of space probes to scout the moon for the return of US astronauts there in 10 years' time.

20 Jun 2009 - 12:00am



by Jeffrey Kluger

John Murray, HK$128

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

FYI: Is China's Great Wall really the only man-made object visible from space?

It's undoubtedly big, and a very impressive feat of engineering, but contrary to established wisdom, the Great Wall of China isn't the only human achievement that can be seen all the way from the heavens - in fact, it's not even visible from space.

16 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Capture festivities on camera

With strings of red firecrackers and golden plaques lining the streets, the Lunar New Year festival is a visual feast.

Take out your camera and capture the most colourful sights. You could win great prizes and have your photographs displayed in the Collective Memories of Lunar New Year Days - Student Photo Competition, organised by the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Astronaut's best wishes for HK space tourist

Socialite Perveen Crawford has been given the best wishes of Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders in her bid to become Hong Kong's first space tourist.

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

slice of life

From the South China Morning Post this week in 1968

Their epic voyage around the moon drawing to a close, astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders prepared to face their last major hazard - a flaming re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

28 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Last man on moon proves to be star turn

Move over Ian Woosnam. Step aside Paul Lawrie. American Eugene Cernan stole the limelight during yesterday's meet-the-players press conference with tales of bravery and adventure far more captivating than those conjured up by any of the leading professionals competing at the Omega Hong Kong Open. Cernan isn't a pro golfer but he's definitely out of this world.

13 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Final phases

It has been running for three months but tonight Tom Hank's extraordinary lunar odyssey, From The Earth To The Moon (Pearl, 10.30pm) comes to a close.

1 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Space pain

Anyone who has experienced pain in their ears, either on the ground or while flying, will have some understanding about the difficulties Alan Shepard Jnr overcame.

11 Aug 1999 - 12:00am