Hey you, Ground Controls and Major Toms orbiting out there! If you're a space aficionado or know someone who'd like to blast into the cosmos, it's time to take your protein pills and scroll through the following gallery for a definitive go/no-go holiday gift list. It was compiled by Gizmodo and reprinted with the site's permission.
"From the Earth to the Moon - The Signature Edition" ($15 at Amazon) is one of my favorite TV series of all time. It's well-scripted, acted, filmed, and directed, to the point you will get glassy eyes at some of the most dramatic and epic moments.
My favorite is still the episode in which Apollo 12 arrives at the moon, perhaps the most anticlimactic moment in the history of space travel. Even if you watched this on TV, each of the 12 episodes are a must to fully understand the titanic scope, knowledge, and courage that took humans into their trip from the Earth to the Moon.
Alternatively, you can always buy the beautiful--and a lot cheaper at $31--Full Moon.
If you give this trip to any space aficionado out there, he or she will love you forever. It's $38 adult/$28 child for the admission ticket. Then add $21 adult/$15 child for a guided tour, plus the cost of flight and hotel.
You can choose different colors, lenses, and temples at its Web site. Unfortunately, they no longer make the yellow bayonet model used by Michael Collins during the Apollo 11. Those (pictured here) are my favorite.