Forty years ago today we heard those words that we will never forget:
“The Eagle has landed” and “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Those now-famous words by Neil Armstrong will always be remembered as what’s good about the 60’s and what was good about America.
To accomplish such a feat was thought to be almost impossible. America gained world-wide respect. Millions around the world watched our accomplishments. Today, space travel is much more global. In those days it was a race between 2 nations: USA and USSR. Regardless, to most of us back then, the journey seemed impossible, unbelievable; we stared in disbelief as we heard those words when two Americans walked on the surface of the moon. It left us filled with pride but also feeling numb.
Here are the highlights of the Apollo 11 Mission. In it you will see and hear the famous words as well as see Walter Cronkite’s reaction to the lunar landing. He was like a school boy.
There are 3 videos. The first shows the highlights of the Apollo 11 Mission.
The second video takes a look at some surprise encounters while in space:
To be honest, I had planned a different second video. This one seems too good to overlook.
This begs the question, are we alone? How much cover up has there been?
And then there is Buzz Aldrin. He is by far the most out-going of the original 3 astronauts. He is engaging, intelligent, adventuresome and many other superlatives. He has had bouts with depression and alcoholism. Neil Armstrong and Mike Collins have led quieter lives.
It seems like so many years ago. It also feels like yesterday.