What are your memories of the first moon walk? -(40th anniversary next Monday)
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great websites: http://moonlanding.historybeat.com/ and http://wechoosethemoon.org/
I remember being glued to the telly on the occasion - my imagination was going on overdrive!
And Godspeed Endeavour! May you return to us safely.
However, I found out later that my uncle designed the radiation detection equipment on the lunar lander. The family story goes that he wrote his name on a teeny tiny piece of paper and stuffed it into the lander while he was installing the equipment.
My memory of that night brings to mind Tony Earley's collection of personal essays, Somehow Form a Family, and a passage that I love from his Introduction:
On the night of July 20, 1969, my little sister and I followed our father into the backyard, where we studied the moon through a surveyor's transit owned by a neighbor. Peering through the eyepiece, I felt as if I could almost see Neil Armstrong on the lunar surface (...) It's one of the most vivid memories of my childhood. When I wrote about that night almost thirty years later, I described the full moon in detail (...) When a fact checker at Harper's magazine informed me that the moon on the night of July 20, 1969, had not been full but had been a waxing crescent, I refused at first to believe her. When I looked it up for myself and discovered that she was right, I was faced on one hand with a memory so strong I was sure it had to be true, and on the other hand with an objective truth significantly different than what I remembered.
He goes on to discuss fiction and nonfiction in the universe of creative writing ... and subtitles his book, "Stories That Are Mostly True."
I also recall feeling sad for the Russians, whose unmanned probe crash into the Moon. I forget now about how many days there were between the 2 events. To me, it truly was "a giant leap for all Mankind", regardless of political ideology.
My father did some contract work for the space program, although not directly connected with that flight. I know I took a photograph of the television screen when Neil Armstrong put his foot on the moon. I remember all you could see clearly in the photo was the square edge of his backpack. I have plans to look for that photograph this weekend.
The best part was they let us sleep late the next day (till 7a.m. rather than 6 a.m.). And if you don't think that is a big deal you never were in boot camp.
Still gives me goose bumps, just typing it.
Wonder. (I was 12 years old).
My house was just around the corner .... a minute away, so we then went there to sit and watch with my mom and sister..
I seem to recall at the time I was pretty militantly against the space program, if you can believe it - wanted to spend all that money at home. I know, I know. Immature. I didn't realize the scientific and economic benefits that were gained from that huge national effort. It was also mixed up with my feelings for my dad at the time.
We were on holiday in my grandmother's caravan at West Runton, in North Norfolk. We had an awful tiny b&w portable TV. I remember the momentous words coming out against a picture that was just a dark mush.
But then, I'm an old Trekker. (Somebody on this board had another name for Star Trek fans that I loved -- what was it?) I'm still hoping we'll discover Warp Drive and find a whole bunch of interesting new friends out there . . . ;-)
And maybe because we've seen it replayed so many times, I really DO remember it, but it's mixed up somewhere in the replays.
And I can understand that we have found some useful things by the research. It is the millions ( billions?) spent on the actual travel I question.
Hungry Children v/s fly to the moon... ?
And as for looking for ways to populate another planet after we ruin this one.. I don't think we deserve another one. just imo, tho
Of course since then I've seen moon landing reruns, and like #24 they are kind of blurred so I don't know what my true memory is. (But I would never forget Elvis and his black leather!)
It was magic and I have never experienced anything like it.
I remember watching Alan Shepard and John Glenn from a folding chair in our grade school auditorium -- the set was so big but the sceen B&W and soooo small we really didn't "see" anything.
So in 2000, when my husband and I went to Kennedy space center for a shuttle launch, we were both in awe that we experienced an actual space launch.
I can imagine an actual launch is something no one would ever forget.
>I remember that sleep over vividly AND their B&W TV!
>If you ever get the chance go! It was a night launch and totally awesome. That was our "special" memory for the turn of the millenium.