Daily Bread for 7.31.15 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

July ends with sunny skies and a high of eighty-four. Sunrise is 5:45 and sunset 8:16, for 14h 30m 36s of daytime. We’ve a full moon tonight.

First image of the Moon taken by a US spacecraft. The large crater at center right is Alphonsus. Via Wikipedia
First image of the Moon taken by a US spacecraft. The large crater at center right is Alphonsus. Via Wikipedia

Of the moon, on this day in 1964 America’s Ranger 7 spacecraft spent back pictures of the lunar surface, more detailed than any seen before:

Pasadena, Calif., July 31 – Ranger 7 radioed to earth today the first close-up pictures of the moon – a historic collection of 4,000 pictures one thousand times as clear as anything ever seen through earth-bound telescopes.

Scientists here were hailing the achievement, which exceeded all expectations, as by far the greatest advance in lunar astronomy since Galileo.

They said the pictures not only represented a great leap in man’s knowledge of the moon, but also, on a more practical level, lent encouragement that the lunar surface was suitable for Project Apollo’s manned lunar landings.

The still pictures were snapped and transmitted in the last 17 minutes before the spacecraft [by design crashed] into an area northwest of the Sea of Clouds.

They meant in effect that the 240,000-mile distance to the moon had been shrunk by man’s ingenuity to a mere half-mile in terms of what he could see of its topography. They showed craters three feet in diameter and a foot to a foot and a half deep.

The best earthbound telescopes, handicapped by the shimmering mantle of the atmosphere, can shrink the lunar distance only to 500 miles and reveal features no smaller than about one-mile across.

On this day in 1967, Lake Geneva takes a stand for the preservation of Western civilization, assuring her place in history:

1967 – Lake Geneva Bans Go-Go Girls
On this date the Lake Geneva city government passed an ordinance banning go-go girls, dancers in bikinis, and swimsuit-clad waitresses from working in establishments that served alcohol. [Source: Janesville Gazette]

Here’s Friday’s puzzle from Puzzability:

This Week’s Game — July 27-31
It’s curtains for us this week. For each day, we started with the title of a Broadway musical’s Act I closing number and replaced all the letters in each word—except the last letter—with asterisks. The name of the musical is presented the same way in parentheses.
******G ******Y (*****D)
“Defying Gravity” (Wicked)
What to Submit:
Submit the song title and the musical’s title (as “Defying Gravity (Wicked)” in the example) for your answer.
Friday, July 31
***E ********D ******G (****H ******C)

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