wander project memories of 1969


I enjoy AstroReality products. It is fun to use the QR code to hear about planet earth! There was a show on ABC TV that we decided to record (we don’t ever watch live TV anymore). The show was called 1969, and the first episode was the moon launch. First, I loved the movie “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong. I had such fond memories of that week in July 1969. My dad and I were glued to the TV. Back in one day, the concept of a VCR was very expensive. TV stations had VCR’s, but the rest of us would be waiting for a few more years. Sony would bring out the Betamax solution and the remainder of the world the VCR.

But in 1969 you watched live. Yes on occasion the television stations would repeat shows. But honestly, the problem with that was that they, the TVs shows played in the winter. In the summer when they replayed them, we ere outside, or if we were inside and the TV was on, the news people were talking about tornado warnings and severe storms. I wonder what the reaction would have been that summer had there been a thunderstorm that day that forced the special interruption of the special interruption of the event that occurred only once. Neil Armstrong is slowly descending the aluminum ladder to place footprints on the surface of the moon.

Most, by the way, of those footprints were close to Eagle. Eagle was the name of a LEM, and when they lifted off the atmosphere of the moon moved the dust around.  There are still footprints on the moon, but not the first footprints. Not the initial step. The moment when Neil Armstrong, the first human to step foot on the surface of the moon. That footprint is gone forever now. At the moment though, those footprints were there. In my heart, they remain as they were at that exact moment. With a slight hop, pushing away from the LEM to land, two feet on the lunar surface and then to utter that most mistake every uttered, perhaps not the most famous mistake. “One giant step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”

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