July 20th, 2009

40 years ago

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What were you doing 40 years ago – that is those of you who were born before then.

I don’t remember too much about the build up but I do recall my dad coming into my bedroom to wake me up. He took me & my sister downstairs & we sat in front of the TV to watch Apollo 11 touchdown on the moon. Like many boys, I was in awe of the whole Apollo project. I had Airfix kits of the Apollo space rocket & 1/72 scale astronauts. I devoured science fiction.

I was one of the many millions around the world who watched man land on the moon, live on TV. I’ve had an admiration for men & women who strap themselves onto a massive bomb & blast off into space never really knowing of they’ll make it back.

I saw a recent documentary which said that Neil Armstrong was meant to say ‘One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’ but missed the ‘a’ out. It makes more sense with the ‘a’ as what he actually said refers to the same thing, man & mankind. Anyway.

On this day, 40 years after man first stepped on the moon, I’d like to take a moment to think of Roger Chaffee, Virgil (Gus) Grissom, Edward White, Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnick, Francis Scobee, Michael Smith, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, Rick Husband, William McCool, Llan Ramon, Vladimir Komarov, Georgi Dobrovolsky, Viktor Patsayev, Vladislav Volkov who all died when they strapped themselves to massive bombs.

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