Reminiscences: Musings in Memoir — Prompt #6: Space

I saved this prompt for Moon Day, today on July 20th.

Moon Day is for the moon landing on July 20th, 1969.

“Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin formed the American crew that landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours and 39 minutes later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC; Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft…. ” ~ Wikipedia.

I remember that day well. I had just graduated from high school and joined some friends at one house to to watch the landing on TV. I remember walking outside and looking up at the moon and then back into the house to see the astronauts on TV and thinking they both were the same.

We watched the landing after watching the lift off a few days earlier. We watched Armstrong take the first step onto the moon saying, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

I have no doubt that this event caused a lot of my peers to investigate science education and occupations. Yet, even today, 50 years later there are still people who believe this is a hoax, and those who even believe the earth is flat.



One thought on “Reminiscences: Musings in Memoir — Prompt #6: Space

  1. With all the problems NASA has had with its rocketry in the intervening time, it’s hard to believe they got it all to work so well in 1969. My personal “space shuttle launch” memory is of the Challenger exploding. It still makes me cringe to think about it.


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