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  posted on 7/15/2009 at 09:46 PM
On July 16, 1969, 3 Americans departed for another celestial body. It still is possibly the most remarkable achievement in all of history. I was but 10 at the time, but I absorbed every bit of coverage I could get. Many thousands helped to make it happen, and they were my heros. They still are.

http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/imagery/Apollo/AS11/a11sum.htm





Apollo 11 launch video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvWHnK2FiCk













Grateful Dead, 1990, Standing on the Moon:

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  posted on 7/15/2009 at 10:54 PM
Brock, I was at Cape Kennedy watching it as it blasted off.

 

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  posted on 7/15/2009 at 11:22 PM
Omega Watches who supplied the original crew with time pieces has made a reallk nice 40th anniv. wristwatch, out of my budget, but very nice.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 05:57 AM
We got our first color TV on the 20th, the day of the moon landing.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 06:31 AM
I was a wee pup at the time, so no memories for me.

But it is still a remarkable achievement, that's for sure.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 08:08 AM
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Brock, I was at Cape Kennedy watching it as it blasted off.


Dan, so was I - amazing sight to see

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 08:13 AM
I remember sitting on the floor as I always did watching in awe. My dad,mom and me. I remember like it was yesterday.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 10:39 AM
Thinking about my family I must tell you a story. My Uncle Neil was a real rocket scientist. He worked in Huntsville for years then moved to Houston. He would tell me stories of being on the floor of the control room. The movie that was made about Apollo 13(I BELIEVE) he sat and watched with me and told me what was right and what was pure Hollywood.

He was a man that made a lot of money in his life. He was constantly moving though after his space days building and designing Nuclear power plants.

I look forward to seeing his son Dirk this weekend at my mothers memorial.You think us German/American's might have a beer and a scotch in moms honor?

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 11:45 AM
^^
great story. a beer and a Scotch sounds like a great idea.

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I remember sitting on the floor as I always did watching in awe. My dad,mom and me. I remember like it was yesterday.


same here (my sister too). One of the few "time defining" moments that was actually good news.

one of the many amazing things about the landing, that I read later, is that they were running out of fuel as they were landing. One of them (? Aldrin, don't remember) was counting off time as they were landing. Of course, it was pure monotone and we didn't know what they were talking about. Armstrong had his hand on the abort button the whole way down.

[Edited on 7/16/2009 by stormyrider]

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 02:28 PM
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Brock, I was at Cape Kennedy watching it as it blasted off.


Very cool Dan. I saw the Apollo-Soyuz mission go off in the summer of '75, the last of the Saturn V missions. Except it was from Satellite Beach, about 20 miles away. I still kick myself for not going up to the cape for the launch.

Here's a very nice series of photos from the Boston Globe:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/07/remembering_apollo_11.html





[Edited on 7/18/2009 by Brock]

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 06:13 PM
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"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
I remember being totally amazed at this feat accomplished.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2009 at 07:52 PM






[Edited on 7/17/2009 by crazy_fingers]

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 10:04 PM
Cronkite covers the lunar landing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_sWmD6NvMY&feature=player_embedded



Good interview w/ one of the capsule recovery frogmen, a hippie.

http://www.ajc.com/news/not-94603.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab

[Edited on 7/20/2009 by Brock]

 

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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 10:55 AM
This is a good site on Apollo 11:

http://www.wechoosethemoon.org/


 

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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 11:03 AM
Seriously, Russians probably don't give a damn about the anniversary

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090719/ap_on_sc/eu_russia_moon_landing

 

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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 02:25 PM
I was an eight year old kid glued to the TV like most 8 year olds. It was a big deal in our house.

I heard former Kennedy Space Center big wheel, Jay Hunnicut, on The Big Show this morning talking about NASA stuff and it sounds like maybe the next big mission for them will be to send a crew to Mars. THAT would be cool!

 

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  posted on 7/20/2009 at 09:58 PM
Oh ya, this was one of my first live TV memories. Watching on a B&W 20in with rabbit ear antennas from my great-grammas cottage

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 12:03 AM
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Cronkite covers the lunar landing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_sWmD6NvMY&feature=player_embedded



Good interview w/ one of the capsule recovery frogmen, a hippie.

http://www.ajc.com/news/not-94603.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab

[Edited on 7/20/2009 by Brock]


Sadly, Walter Cronkite passed away just before this 40th anniversary. Myself, I would have loved to hear him recall those moments when Armstrong and Aldrin set foot upon the moon, in real time, for the anniversary.
Cronkite is probably standing on the moon right now, looking down at those footsteps
and remembering that he told the story of how they got there, and the people that caused the historic moment to happen.

 

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