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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is celebrating the 40th anniversary of man’s first steps on the lunar surface with a giant moon pie.
The concoction of marshmallow squeezed between two round graham crackers and dipped in chocolate is normally made in a hand-sized portion.
NASA’s oversized treat will be available a slice at a time to visitors Monday to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral
The anniversary moon pie is 40 inches in diameter, six inches high and weighs 55 pounds. That includes six pounds of chocolate and 14 pounds of marshmallow.
Information from: Florida Today, http://www.floridatoday.com
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Recently, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Nafzger sat down at a computer loaded with the restored video, which he’d just received from California the day before. He called up a side by side comparison of the old and new — although he cautioned that the restoration is ongoing and won’t be complete until September.
In the old, fuzzy footage of Neil Armstrong coming down the ladder of his LEM spacecraft, “there’s nothing but a dark image and possibly a foot,” says Nafzger. “If I told you it was a foot, you’d probably say, ‘OK, must be a foot.’ ”
That same scene is much improved in the new version. “You can see the structure of the LEM, you can see his full outline of his body,” says Nafzger, who points to a reflection in Armstrong’s helmet that couldn’t be seen before. “It’s still not pristine, it’s not clean and detailed, but it’s now an astronaut, and it’s something no one saw before — this is the first step on the moon.”
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