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"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.

Date: 2009-07-20 04:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] muffyjo
My parents met because my father was a journalist covering the space program at Cape Canaveral (the first time it was called that). My great grandmother always insisted it was done in Hollywood and believed that to her dying day. In her lifetime she'd gone from horse and buggy to space ships. Really, it boggles the mind to bend so much. What an amazing time we live in.

Date: 2009-07-21 03:25 am (UTC)
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And yet, in my lifetime so far (I was born during the Apollo 12 mission), we've only gone from traveling to the Moon to barely traveling to near-Earth orbit. Wow. But hey, we have Twitter and high-def infomercials now, so everything's cool, right?

We could soooo have done better. So many opportunities squandered in the meantime.

At least our unmanned probes and technology have allowed us to explore far greater realms than we could back then, even despite tightening budgets and general disdain from much of the population. We've done some pretty cool things on various measures of shoestrings in the intervening forty years.

Date: 2009-07-20 04:43 pm (UTC)
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I was five, and watching the moon landing is one of my most vivid childhood memories. I can describe the furniture in the room with the TV. We were living in LA at the time; my dad worked for Technicolor. I'm not sure I completely comprehended the significance (no surprise) but I know I realized it was a really big deal.

I was lucky enough to spend a summer working at NASA (Ames) during college, and have a good friend from high school who now works at NASA JPL (she 'succeeded' Salex there when he went back to grad school). She was involved with the Mars Rovers, and is now working on another Mars probe mission. So cool to be able to follow this amazing stuff!

Date: 2009-07-23 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This may be the first news story I remember that wasn't about war, or riots, or someone getting assassinated.


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