On the eve of the 50th anniversary of humans landing for the first time on the moon, I do remember it. I was five years old. It was an amazing feat of engineering by Nasa in 1969 to send three men there and back safely to the Earth on Apollo 11.
When Neil Armstrong took his fateful 'one small step' almost exactly 50 years ago, it was the culmination of an extraordinary effort that had begun back in 1961 when President Kennedy vowed that America would land a man on the moon before the decade was out.
Summer is now truly upon us with the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere occurring on June 21. Since the Winter Solstice in December, the Sun has been rising higher in the sky each day, but on June 21 this behaviour stops and the sun is said to “stand still”. The word ‘solstice’ is derived from the Latin solstitium, from ‘sol’ (sun) and ‘stitium’ (to stop).
The sky is full of stories. Constellations record mythical figures and events. Most take their names from the Greeks or Romans, although we know the Greeks based their system on Sumerian traditions from some 3,000 years earlier.