"The Moon intrigues me. I’m a Moon man." —Sir Patrick Moore

From a wonderful story in All About Space featuring 89-year-old Sir Patrick Moore, WWII RAF navigator, amateur astronomer, and host of BBC’s The Sky at Night since 1957.

 Sir Patrick holds the record for longest-serving television presenter of any show. His detailed moon-map drawing from 1960 (seen in The New Astronomy Guide: Stargazing in the Digital Age) was used during TV footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Over the years, Sir Patrick has met many important figures including Einstein, Orville Wright, Werner von Braun, Yuri Gagarin, and Neil Armstrong. He’s also chummy with Brian May, the guitarist of Queen who’s a fellow astronomer and friend. But the most touching part of the interview is when he says, “When I was young my [fiancée] was killed [in the Blitz], and that meant I’d never marry. So I’ve gone my own way. I devoted myself to astronomy.” High-res

"The Moon intrigues me. I’m a Moon man." —Sir Patrick Moore

From a wonderful story in All About Space featuring 89-year-old Sir Patrick Moore, WWII RAF navigator, amateur astronomer, and host of BBC’s The Sky at Night since 1957.

Sir Patrick holds the record for longest-serving television presenter of any show. His detailed moon-map drawing from 1960 (seen in The New Astronomy Guide: Stargazing in the Digital Age) was used during TV footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Over the years, Sir Patrick has met many important figures including Einstein, Orville Wright, Werner von Braun, Yuri Gagarin, and Neil Armstrong. He’s also chummy with Brian May, the guitarist of Queen who’s a fellow astronomer and friend. But the most touching part of the interview is when he says, “When I was young my [fiancée] was killed [in the Blitz], and that meant I’d never marry. So I’ve gone my own way. I devoted myself to astronomy.”