The Real First Moon Landing
Deep Space Network JPL
"On launch day the thing worked perfectly." (Dr. William Pickering JPL Director ) "It all came to trial May 31, 1966" Surveyor 1 "Ocean of Storms"
Surveyor III picked up and dropped a shovel of dirt on a pad (my finger was on the send button)
Surveyor IV (failed just minutes before countdown)
and all Lunar Orbiter Projects....Lunar Orbiter V captured the Whole Earth" Aug 8 1967 "No Project in NASA History operated more Successfully than Lunar Orbiter
Final Lunar Orbiter spacecraft was launched on Aug 10,1966 photographed 9 primary and 7 secondary sites for landing
I worked on 'Alpha back scattering project with U of Chicago Professor Emeritus Anthony Turkevich and helped land his articulated scoop
Arthur Allan Armstrong I/O JPL
How I stirred my JPL experience into the Alchemy of Making Art
"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The Artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause the vibrations of the soul."
(When I say 'We'* -all of my projects required many people....I depended always on Terrance Toole and C. Scott Taylor on all my productions-I did get the title "Director")
In the 70's I got permission to enter NASA in Houston where my creative partner (The late Great Terrance Toole) managed to look through a large amount of film.( this was like looking for a needle in a haystack.) We found a segments that were very exciting ,and we put this into a 'light show" which was projected at the 10th re-union of the astronauts that landed on the Moon. This show took place in the Houston Country Club. This segment has been shown to thousands of people through the years.
We* also put on the "Moon Bowl" at CU at the time of the moon landing.
We* did the first show in the state-of-the-art Planetarium built on the CU Campus in which the space event was featured. That has given me a life-time interest in Planetariums....which I consider the real "Temple" of our time - where every child should be shown that S/he is part of the Cosmos. I have also written and recorded hours of Planetarium Music.
I started "Lunar Societies" in Colorado Springs, Houston, Santa Fe, Aspen.....(See Book: The Lunar Men)
It triggered my interest in "The Future is Hidden in the Past", ......40 years of "combing" through the stacks. This led to my inventions and my "Clean Energy Idea Bank"
I have lived a Lunar Man Life....I like to spend Full Moons talking about inventions with people who are smarter than me.
Most recently, a few years ago in Aspen, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the worlds top Astronomers: David Aguilar, author of "Planets: A New View of the Solar System" and this is where my new vision of "space art" came from. . I realized how amazing the Great Alchemist author of Life creating all out of nothing, giving me much inspiration to begin the paintings of the alchemical process that creates myriad beyond Myriad of new Living planets. I thank David for the fine book and giving me his time and opening my mind to the New View.
Arthur Allan Armstrong June 21,2012
"We are Travelers on a Cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity.
Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It's a little parenthesis in eternity."
-Paulo Coelho "The Alchemist"
"I was returning, immersed in thought, from my sketching, when on opening the studio door, I was suddenly confronted by a picture of indescribable and incandescent loveliness. Bewildered I stopped, starring at it. The painting lacked all subject, depicted no identifiable object and was composed of bright color patches. Finally, I approached closer and only then saw it for what it really was-my own painting, standing on its side on the easel. One thing became clear to me: that objectiveness, the objects needed no place in my paintings and was indeed harmful to them."
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