Sunday, August 26, 2012

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.”

Neil Armstrong, as photographed by Buzz Aldrin, working near the Eagle lunar module after the landing on July 20, 1969.
BornAugust 5, 1930
Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 25, 2012 (aged 82)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

July 20, 1969 I was one of 500 million people who saw the first steps. My brother couldn't see it because he was busy trying to survive in our Vietnam war. That's what kind of country we lived in. Thousands of American soldiers were being slaughtered for nothing in Asia. There were anti-war demonstrations, including the 1968 police riot in Chicago (I was there). Meanwhile the human race, thanks to American scientists and American taxpayers, were about to do something never before accomplished in the four billion year history of life on earth. I saw it as it happened on TV. The video was not very good, but everyone was amazed we could see it at all. This was 43 years ago, almost a half century.

The landing (see video below) was amazing. They were trying to avoid craters and boulders. They were distracted by an unnecessary computer alarm. Imagine how primitive computers were back then. When they finally landed while NASA scientists in Houston were holding their breath, they had about 20 seconds of fuel left.

Mr. Armstrong was chosen to land that thing because of his history of calmly doing incredible things while under intense life-or-death pressure. His name will be remembered forever, thousands or millions of years into the future.

I spent some time searching for the best videos and the best websites about the most famous space adventure ever. Here they are.

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong's Immortal Footprint

Neil Armstrong: First man to walk on the Moon

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

Rocks remember, and so do we

An interview with the astronauts: The First Lunar Landing

National Geographic News, MOON LANDING FACTS: Apollo 11

First Moon Landing 1969 (unseen footage in HD)

We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

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