Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Apollo 14 February 5, 1971

My dad recently came across an old school project of mine from 1971. It was a book about the Apollo 14 mission to the moon. The teacher gave us pre-printed pages with the story of Apollo 14's trip to the moon, and we were to draw the pictures and then it gets stapled together as a book. What a hoot! My moon likes like a chocolate chip cookie!

In those days we were excited about the trips to the moon and the teacher would wheel in this TV on tall legs and we would watch it live on TV at school. It was a big deal....now many people actually believe it never happened, that it was a hoax. How sad. One of my favourite movies is Apollo 13, I don't remember that mission in particular, but it is amazing that they made it home alive! One part in the movie that stayed with me was how the astronauts were all excited to say hello to all the people on Earth, but they didn't know that it wasn't going to be broadcast because the networks believed people were already finding the space missions too boring. We still don't appreciate the risks that they took and choose to believe it was a hoax. Astronauts were heroes back then and they still are in my book! Can you imagine being one of the few people to actually set foot on the moon or hit a golf ball on the moon!

Anyway, if you would like to see all of my school project from 1971, I created this little slideshow movie in Picasa (2 and a half minutes). The music is "Hey, Hey Spaceman" by Guided by Voices. I think it captures the kids' point of view.

You know, I was going to pick Rocket Man by Elton John for the music, but someone else has made a wonderful video of the missions to the moon using that song, which you can watch here. (4 minutes)

Which brings me to this challenge: My husband and I are creating a CD with "space" music. Help me make a playlist of songs I should put on this CD and leave your suggestions in the comments.

I have been so inspired by my school project I made this block to add to my Secret project:


True Blue Nana said...

My husband and I were just talking about that the other day. Just imagine all the neat things we have seen in our life times, men walking on the moon, boom times, tough times, the whole gamut.

Neat pictures!

paula, the quilter said...

David Bowie: Space Oddity

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

here, check out this website for a whole list of space-inspired music:


I love Apollo 13. hope you've seen the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon - it's fabulous

pwl said...

Are you familiar with filk music? There are several songs in filk that should make it on to your CD - including one about the Apollo 13 mission, one called Phoenix, Fire in the Sky - there are too many to name, but you might like them.

sewnut said...

We grew up obsessed with the whole space race. My dad bought my brother and I each hard cover books on the Apollo 13 mission.

I still am amazed by the whole space mission and international challenges.

And...my favourite reading materials are Sci-fantasy. Looking out into the great beyond, into whatever is "out there".

Journeying said...

If you're doing space music, you simply MUST include Also Sprach Zarathustra from 2001: A Space Odyssey!! And maybe some of the other Richard Strauss music used in that movie.
And the David Bowie stuff would be good, also..mentioned by Paula.

Journeying said...

Forgot to mention - 2001: A Space Odyssey was released closer in time to 1971 - I think it came out in 1969.

Cher said...

love your rocket ship block