MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Apollo 11

This week marks the 45th anniversary of the first human moon landing via Apollo 11: on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC (unless you’re a conspiracy theorist who believes the event was staged — possibly also buying into the claim that the temperature on Mars “disproves” the reality of human-caused climate change).

So in this week filled with depressing reminders of humanity’s dark side and cruelty, reminding ourselves of our greatest aspirations seems more needful than ever.

Discovery offers this trove of rare photos from inside Apollo 11. is paying tribute to this historic anniversary with a retrospective including memories from Buzz Aldrin, an Apollo quiz, historic photos, “scariest moments,” and more.

For the 40th anniversary in 2009, the Telegraph compiled a list of music (mostly pop) inspired by the moon. Oddly, Holst’s The Planets is mentioned (none of its movements is devoted to the moon), but these are omitted:

–the “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s opera Rusalka
–Haydn’s opera buffa Il mondo della luna
–Bellini! Norma’s prayer to the moon (“Casta diva”) or the arietta “Vaga luna”:

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