Jul. 20th, 2009

saxikath: (inspiration)
"Don't you think their hands were shaking as that rocket ship touched down?
I'm sure they shivered as it finally touched the ground.
And that giant leap so fragile that it hardly made a sound.
Well, it must have been amazing, what a world they got to see,
So I don't care, my foolish fear won't get the best of me..."
-- Great Big Sea, "Walk on the Moon"


Forty years ago today, men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. They went in peace for all mankind, as the plaque says. I've always been sorry that I didn't get to see it; I didn't come along for almost another year and a half. My parents say they got my brother, then not even two years old, out of bed to watch, just so he could say he'd seen it.

I think it's hard for those of us who weren't there to really understand the thrill that those dark, wobbly images gave -- but I, for one, still watch them in wonderment. We people finally stepped onto another world.

Where shall we go next?

Thanks, Apollo 11.

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