One Giant Leap for Sock-Kind

In case you haven’t heard, there is a Kickstarter campaign to save Neil Armstrong’s space socks (and the rest of his space suit).  From the Smithsonian’s “Reboot the Suit” page:

For the Smithsonian’s first-ever Kickstarter campaign, we are proud to announce plans to conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in time for this milestone anniversary. We want to preserve Armstrong’s spacesuit – and the story it tells of its incredible journey – down to the particles of lunar dust that cling to its surface. Just like the Apollo program, we will accomplish this in collaboration of [sic] thousands of people across the country and around the world. And that’s where you come in.

Go help them out:

Welcome home Chernushka


On March 9, 1961, Chernushka became one of the first K9 cosmonauts to return safely from orbit.  She made her journey aboard Sputnik 9 with a dummy named Ivan Ivaonvich, as well as mice and a guinea pig.  Ivan received an commendation.  Chernushka did not.

PBS’s Martha Speaks offers a historically accurate simulation of the mission in a browser game in which you can collect socks in space.

Martha Speaks