Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, 24 December, 1968. Astronauts Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from…
All you need for Christmas is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano. Just remember you are half way through the dark and Abigail’s Song is the perfect soundtrack.
If you saw Rogue One in the UK, chances are you saw this charming but bitter sweet animation mixed in between the Pearl & Dean ads and trailers.
The episode of Thunderbirds broadcast on 25 December, 1966 was titled Give or Take A Million. Perhaps that is what Gerry Anderson had in mind for Century 21's bottom line as the episode has a few hints on what toys might make suitable gifts. People talk about the merchandising revolution that came with Star Wars,…
An end to the dream? The Apollo 17 crew returned to Earth this day 44 years ago. Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Ronald E. Evans, and Harrison H. Schmitt, a safe splashdown at 14:25 p.m. EST on December. 19, 1972, 648 kilometers (350 nautical miles) southeast of American Samoa.
I know some ODeckers are already under siege from snow, but the jury is still out on whether we will get a White Christmas in Snowdonia. A light dusting up top, perhaps? Or is that just dandruff?
Is this Erich Von Däniken’s favourite Christmas song? A little while back, the Beeb ran a documentary about the medieval view of the universe, where you could find dragons and unicorns, did dog head people have souls, and similar conundrums. It included a tale of villagers who encountered a strange man from the sky.…
I can’t think of an occasion when Marvel have put together such a perfect anthology of their comics. The 1974 Marvel Treasury Special, Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag assembles 100 pages of classic comics from the House of Ideas.
I was just reading about the inevitability of The Great Escape being shown over Christmas - except it isn’t. Unless Sky have given the film its own channel of multi-play screenings that aren’t repeats, Steve McQueen’s finest(?) hour has only been shown twice on the Beeb during the Festive Season.
Goodbye Moon! Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt, the last two men to walk on the surface of our nearest neighbour began their return journey on 14 December, 1972.
Rudolph’s hyper-luminescent schnoz might be a useful utility for lugging Christmas goodies around the globe, but it seems that reindeer have another super-power. They can see ultra-violet light.
Ouch! Now that’s a bit of a double-take! I just realised that the real 2065 is now closer than the fictional version that tantalised me as a nipper. Mind you, I will be very happy if I can overtake that future.
This day in 1972 saw Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt make the last landing on the Moon during the 20th Century. The Lunar Module Challenger touched down in the Taurus-Littrow valley.
Lurking on Amazon Prime is a 2015 seasonal movie offering from Canada which offers a smorgasbord of seasonal horror tidbits. It even has William “Dangerous Dan” Shatner in subdued role as a local radio jock idling away the graveyard shift.
There is a seasonal tradition in the UK and Commonwealth countries that seems truly alien according to some ODeckers. But if you can’t unshackle those puritan misconceptions and laugh a little at this time of year, then there’s no hope for the world. Nothing is so guaranteed to bond friends and family as the crass…
I used to be a time traveller, but that’s all in the future now. It should be noted that the first time travel story of the modern age is also a Christmas story. Some might say it is also the Christmas story.
Were NASA trying to tell the world something on the night of December 7, 1972?
If you are happy with the physics of how that chap in the red suit gets round to deposit strange packages in your home, perhaps you might want to turn your attention to where your parcel is.
Never mind the existence of a surveillance system that can determine if you have been naughty and nice, the big question is how does that fat guy get round all those chimneys in a single night?
Even under the sea it is the season of goodwill to all sentient beings. But the men and women of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol still need to remain alert during the Festive weeks.