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    When we walked on the moon

    When we walked on the moon

    Those of us of a certain age have the memories.

    I was 10 years old at sleep away camp.  I remember them bringing us into the rec hall to watch on the black and white televisions.  I can’t tell you whether it was live or a replay, but they wanted us to see it.  At that age it didn’t mean much, then.

    It means so much more now, when I think where we are as a country.

    In this moment of remembrance on the death of Neil Armstrong, I’m actually quite sad.  And not just because of his death.

    Added:  A family friend worked at Grumman on Long Island, which built the landing module.  He gave us a really detailed model of the landing module, about 8 inches high on a circular board with the Grumman and NASA insignias.  I kept it for many years, but don’t have it any more.

    Here’s the image of the model:

    This video is quite good:

    Why I’m so sad:


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    TrooperJohnSmith | August 26, 2012 at 6:05 am

    As great as walking on the moon was, I think Armstrong’s even greater accomplishment was landing Eagle, despite boulders in the landing area, indication of a worsening fuel state and a complete failure of critical computers at NASA at JSC. Armstrong, with Aldrin watching the instruments and calling altitude, flew the LEM, like the pilot he was.

    He also broadcast the first word from the surface of the moon: “Houston…”

    He’s now on the greatest journey of all…

    Midwest Rhino | August 26, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Obama will probably step on the occasion to claim that we only got there because we stole Muslim science and technology. (We “colonialists” didn’t build that, either) He did reportedly task NASA with making Muslims feel better about themselves.

    So true though, our current president seems intent on using class warfare to bring us down to the level of third world nations. Obama is clueless about what made America great. Hugo Chavez is his hero, Sandra Fluke plants are his foot soldiers, phonies like Warren are his generals.

    Fundamental transformation of our great country makes him a god to the left, until the realities of that settle in. Then Obama will be remembered as a tinpot dictator wannabe, preferably remembered as the climax of the left’s failed coup attempt.

    Removing Obama is an early term abortion I can believe in. 🙂

    Henry Hawkins | August 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I was 13 yrs old, already long a science nerd, nailed to the B&W for every possible minute of the whole four day journey there, sleeping on a blanket 2 ft in front of the TV the final night, relevant science textbooks and encyclopedias arrayed around me on the floor.

    I remember battles with siblings over the dial in our one-TV home, especially those first few nights, decided in my favor by parents who understood the moment. It became moot, as eventually every channel, even CKLW out of Canada, turned its lens skyward.

    I recall being so sleepy my eyes burned, but unable to turn away, particularly during those agonizing 6 hrs after ‘the eagle had landed’ but before Armstrong stepped out and into the history books.

    I remember the wonderful burn of pride in my chest to be an American, an earthling – a term that now held discretionary meaning because a precedent was set: sentient beings had proved they could leave their home worlds – proud even to be a human being, given this monumental achievement.

    I remember the numbing depression of sequential failures in my early twenties, when an injury ended my ice hockey playing days, a year’s rehab later to cause my failures to pass entry physicals for the Air Force, then the Navy – anyone who flew, I tried to join, to no avail. The final failure – I could not pass the physical many years later for even a civilian pilot’s license.

    I remember decades later when anniversaries of the Apollo 11 moon landing hit the news, in 1989, 1999, 2009, and my kids asked if I had seen it. I’d more than seen it, I told them. I went with them, flew every mile, sailed every orbit, kicked the dust and stuck my flag with them. I was there, I told my kids. I was there.

    You know whom Neil Armstrong is up there with now, right?

    Yep: Andy Kaufmann.

    StinkEye | August 27, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I am hearing a call for a state funeral for Neil Armstrong. If it doesn’t happen we should take it upon ourselves to do some sort of national display of honoring him. The day of the funeral we could all put flags out and drive with headlights on.

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