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  July 16, 2007: Apollo 11, 38 years later

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robsouth
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posted 07-16-2007 05:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thirty eight years ago today, three men left the Earth to travel to the Moon where two of them would be the first to explore its surface.

Armstrong and Aldrin have forever written their names into the history books and I hope that it won't be too long before we return to our silent neighbour.

Lou Chinal
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posted 07-16-2007 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes! As far as a date in history this is IT.
-July 16th 1969-
Godspeed Apollo 11.

Lunar rock nut
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posted 07-16-2007 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, I remember it as if it were thirty eight years ago. (Argh) I was six months into being a teenager exploding with anticipation and wonder. The air was filled with so much talk and excitement it could have been Christmas in July. Some of my friends down the street constructed an Apollo/LEM mock up out of refrigerator boxes inside of their garage and we were flying with them all of the way.

Terry

mercsim
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posted 07-16-2007 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mercsim   Click Here to Email mercsim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and Collins...His role was no less important than the others. They were a crew!

Scott

Blackarrow
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posted 07-16-2007 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On 16th July, 1969, as we celebrated the successful launch of the first men to land on the Moon, the news media were also reminding us of another titanic release of energy: the first detonation of an atomic bomb, 24 years earlier, on 16th July, 1945. Now the launch of Apollo 11 is 38 years in the past. Tempus fugit!

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posted 07-17-2007 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pdpel3   Click Here to Email pdpel3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It just goes to show that an historic event like did not even get a mention in the press.

mjanovec
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posted 07-17-2007 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by pdpel3:
It just goes to show that an historic event like did not even get a mention in the press.

I wouldn't expect every anniversary to get much mention in the press. The press (and the general public) tend to focus on anniversaries in 5 or 10 year increments. I suspect the 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11 will get mention in the press.

Also, any mention of Apollo 11 is likely to be centered on July 20, not July 16. July 16 is an important date to those of us here on this forum, but July 20 has the greater significance to the general public.

spaceman1953
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posted 07-17-2007 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What I find truly amazing, is that it is 07/17 as I write this....in one more WEEK, it will be 07/24...that date Apollo 11 ended....
For those of you who "were there" at the time, like I surely was, doesn't it seem like it was the longest 9 days in your life from liftoff to splashdown, and now, here on the 17th of July it is just a short week till we observe the anniversary of the end of Apollo 11 ?

Miranda.....you really missed an exciting time !

KSCartist
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posted 07-17-2007 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
spaceman-

It was like Christmas in July. Unfortunately, no matter how much the media hype the next Moon landing, it won't be the same (for us old folks). I am hoping that it is as inspirational to you youngsters as the first one was for us. (Tongue firmly in cheek.)

Tim

mdmyer
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posted 07-18-2007 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it will be inspirational and Miranda will probably watch it with the same joy and hopes that we did and her goal is to one day join those who have left Foot Prints on the Moon.

Mike Myer

ejectr
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posted 07-18-2007 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
May she have all the success in attaining that goal.

That was my son's goal as well and he was well on his way until a Navy flight surgeon at Navy AOCS in Pensacola had his own agenda to meet besides the Navy rules when my son's left eye exam results came out to 20/25 instead of 20/20.

Now you can wear glasses going into flight training and it's OK.

spaceman1953
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posted 07-18-2007 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, Mike, after I stopped typing, I realized that Miranda is going to see things in her lifetime that I cannot even imagine !

So while she may have missed a big one, I am going to miss a whole lot more bigger ones IF WE EVER GET THIS THING GOING AGAIN !

12.5 MILLION DOLLARS for ICE storage....sheesh !

Obviousman
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posted 07-20-2007 01:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You know, I used to be resentful that I missed the 'golden era' of aviation, that I was too young to be a part of the space programme.

Now, I think differently.

I remember the reports by Syd Donovan from KSC. I remember watching the first moonwalk.

I even got to see Skylab re-enter the atmosphere.

And now, I'll get to see people walk on the moon... again. I'll probably even get to see the first Mars landing.

I don't suppose I could ask much more than that, could I?

mdmyer
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posted 07-20-2007 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of Mike Constantine's panaoramas make the astronomy photo of the day. Check it out, it is a tribute to what happened 38 years ago.
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Mike

Lunar rock nut
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posted 07-20-2007 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My nephew was born in Houston Texas 38 years ago 07/20/69. The closest birth in the area to the touchdown of Eagle within twenty minutes. In Honor of the Events my brother and sister in law gave thier child the first name of another great explorer (Christopher).

Terry

ejectr
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posted 07-20-2007 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mdmyer:
One of Mike Constantine's panaoramas make the astronomy photo of the day. Check it out, it is a tribute to what happened 38 years ago.
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

Mike


That would require a pretty big "set" in Arizona...don't you think?

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