One Small Step . . .
40 years ago, today, Sgt Pepper–er, no. 40 years ago, today, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Canaveral, FL (called Cape Kennedy in those days when we named everything after our slain president). It would soon land men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on Earth’s only natural satellite, the Moon. I was 7 and living in Orlando, FL and remember the events of that summer vividly. In honor of this anniversary, my wife has given me a biography of astronaut Neil Armstrong, one of my childhood heroes.
Earlier this week, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, 2nd man on the moon, celebrated this anniversary with a public call for us to push full force for a human-staffed mission to Mars. I second that. I want us to build cities on the moon and prepare to colonize and terraform Mars. I grew up thinking we’d already be there by this time, but Dick Nixon killed the program–supposedly for its expense, although the ENTIRE NASA budget is a tiny fraction of one military weapons system. We humans are meant to be explorers. Without that, something in our spirit dies–and wars increase. Let’s heal this planet AND go to the stars.
Share your memories: Where were you when Apollo 11 launched? When it landed (nearly crashing into a crater!) on 20 July 1969? What did you think, feel, dream? Should we go back?
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