Whitey on the Moon
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Just in case you have not been following the news lately, or previous postings, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by Apollo 11 on 20 July 2009.
So just a gentle reminder dear reader, if you happen to be of a certain birthright, this weekend you can feel justly proud of the fruits of this achievement. Doubly so, because whilst most of humanity languished in utter depravity and darkness, the ancients were already beginning to plan this epic journey, nearly 2500 years ago:
Aristarchus - 310 – 230 BC
He was the first person to present an explicit argument for a heliocentric model of the solar system, placing the Sun, not the Earth, at the center of the known universe.
Eratosthenes 276 – 195 BC
He made several discoveries and inventions including a system of latitude and longitude. He was the first Greek to calculate the circumference of the Earth (with remarkable accuracy), and the tilt of the earth's axis (also with remarkable accuracy); he may also have accurately calculated the distance from the earth to the sun
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