jcf5002
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"One Small Step"... 37 Years Ago Today!

Fri Jul 21, 2006 3:31 am

37 years ago today, man landed on the moon. I was fortunate enough to be born 20 years ago today, so my celebration is also a celebration of flight. Take a look outside today, if you so choose, and take a look at the stars. Most of us will never get there, but its fun to dream and wonder what lies ahead. Here's a good article I found regarding today: http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2006/07/20/1333.aspx

Does anyone else think that we're gonna return to the moon, and are we (humans) ever going to travel to another planet? Colonize? Develop another terrestrial civilization? I think so, someday, and I hope so...

Happy moon landing everyone!
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AeroWesty
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RE: "One Small Step"... 37 Years Ago Today!

Fri Jul 21, 2006 3:58 am

Quoting Jcf5002 (Thread starter):
Does anyone else think that we're gonna return to the moon, and are we (humans) ever going to travel to another planet?

Yes to both, eventually, I believe.

I remember the excitement everyone was consumed with the world over when Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon. No one went out, except to moon landing parties, because it was too important to miss. We must have had close to 20 people at our house to watch it on our big new color console TV--a monstrosity! Somewhere, I still have the commemorative coin my parents bought for me to mark the event.

This was an exciting event in an otherwise turbulent time. We even stood in line for hours a couple of years later to see actual rocks brought back from the moon. There's never been anything like it, and I hope other generations get to experience what an accomplishment such as that was again.
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RE: "One Small Step"... 37 Years Ago Today!

Fri Jul 21, 2006 5:02 am

I was in the Navy on my third WestPac cruise at the time and, fortunately, we were in port in Japan on that day. The TV coverage there was interesting for me as it showed a lot of the locals in what appeared to be a movie theater watching the event on the big screen.

It was an exception achievement, but not solely a US achievement as there were people from a lot of countries involved in the program - making that famous phrase very appropriate: it was a giant leap for mankind. It is fitting that people in all lands share in the joy and pride of man stepping on the moon for the first time and I hope, even with all the events going on in this world today, that remembrance of that day can still help us retain that shared experience and, maybe, help bring us a little bit closer.

I still find it hard to comprehend the magnitude of the effort that went into that mission, or the exceptional courage of those men who voluntary sat atop the rocket - containing "millions of parts made by the lowest bidder in a government contract" - waiting for lift off.
 
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RE: "One Small Step"... 37 Years Ago Today!

Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:51 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
Somewhere, I still have the commemorative coin my parents bought for me to mark the event.

All this reminiscing got me to thinking about my Apollo memorabilia.

My Dad bought me a commemorative Apollo splashdown floaty pen. Do you remember them? They're not so popular now except for the collector crowd. But as a 5 year old, I thought it was the coolest thing.

It was a green plastic pen with a clear pane on top that had the command module on its three main parachutes. If you tipped the pen upside down and then right side up again, the CM would float down into the ocean.

I lost it shortly there after and have searched high and low for a replacement. I know they created a lunar buggy version as well...

I even made a trip to Houston and the MSFC just to see if they had them in their museum. No joy.

(heavy sigh)...

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