Angels Take Manhattan first aired 2 years ago today (9.29.12)
Today Penny4NASA wishes John Young a very happy 84th birthday!
Over the course of NASA’s history, few have had the same impact that astronaut John Young has had. With a career spanning more than four decades, Young participated in three of NASA’s human spaceflight programs; Project Gemini, Project Apollo and the Space Shuttle Program. He became the ninth man to walk on the Moon, played a pivotal role in the rescue of the Apollo 13 crew, and served as commander of the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Program.
Read more about John Young in our latest blog post here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/2014/09/24/john-young-the-legendary-astronaut/
200 years ago today, British forces began bombarding Fort McHenry in Baltimore’s harbor. The attack continued throughout the say and night. All the lights were extinguished in Baltimore, so the only light was given off by the exploding shells over Fort McHenry, illuminating the flag that was still flying over the fort.
Witnessing the attack from a British ship was American lawyer Francis Scott Key, who was being held captive. Inspired by the sight, Key wrote a poem called “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” His poem would later be set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
A letter from Maj. Gen. Samuel Smith to James Monroe about the bombardment of Fort McHenry and a list of those killed and wounded in the battle are currently on display at the National Archives Museum’s “Featured Documents” exhibit.
Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.
(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone can start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)