Monday, July 20, 2009

Twenty Years Ago Today....



I still get goose bumps just watching this video. I'm ten years old again, sitting on the living floor while there's a whole bunch of people gathered around watching the tv. Words like making history are thrown around easily, but that day those three men made history like few have ever did.

Today there should be a base on the moon. More than 24 men should have touched foot to that barren world. We did something that was close to impossible and than we didn't know what to do next. We basically stopped.

To those who question why I ask if you would have voiced the same questions to Christopher Columbus in 1492. Horace Greely said "Go West Young Man" and thousands did. Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark exploring, spreading our country towards another ocean.

To survive mankind needs to explore, to reach out for the unreachable, to venture forth....
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3 comments:

Bond said...

Wayne Miller's house...10-12 of us all on the floor...just totally into what was happening on the TV...

I was a tad older...

JohnH985 said...

Wasn't it amazing though. I can't think of anything that compares to it today.

Travis said...

I was 5 years old when the landings happened. I wish I could remember it. I'm sure I was watching with my family. I just don't remember.

As to why voyages to the moon stopped...it was because the goal had been accomplished. The goal was to get to the moon before the Soviets. We did. There was no other goal in space beyond that.

We did continue to spend and got the space shuttle, in response to the Soviet space station. But then they ran out of money and we didn't have to spend anymore.

That's why there's no base on the moon.

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