We did it …

Fifty years ago today, something quite incredible happened. Humanity was one, united by a single step taken by an astronaut on the moon.

The feat of taking man to the moon was an incredible in itself. But as the world watched that first moon landing on 20 July 1969 watched by over 650 million hoomans, it was an achievement for all mankind.

The moon is the brightest heavenly body that we see at night. It is like “jewel on a piece of black velvet” – mysterious and comforting at the same time.

Taken with NightCap

But it sure is a very long way away. It took them four days to get there travelling at supersonic.

So when Mum says I love you to the Moon and back, it means she loves us more than eight days worth of travel at supersonic speed! 🙂

Isn’t it amazing to think there are hooman footprints on the moon?

I have enjoyed reading and watching lots of documentaries about this with Mum. Obviously I wasn’t around then but dear old Mum had witnessed it. Amazing!

May’s comment: The Moon Landing is one of those landmark moments where everyone, well, almost everyone knew where they were at the time when we as human kind stepped onto another heavenly body.

I was ten. Along with my parents, my sisters and my grandmother we had gathered around the massive black and white television set in our living room in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Like the millions around the world, we strained our eyes to see the hazy pictures of Neil Armstrong coming down the ladder of the Eagle and listened carefully to his first words.

And I remembered how my older sister and I were so inspired by the Apollo series that for a moment, even I wanted to grow up and be an astronaut. LOL! Neil Armstrong was my hero.

My sister made a mini model of the Eagle made out of toothpicks. It was quite incredible and wish it had survived all our moves.

The 50th anniversary brings back a lot of memories of those days – when the world dared to dream. 50 years is a long time – because when I talk about the moon landing, most of my current friends look at me in amusement. It highlighted for me – how many of the people I now know didn’t exist then!!!! It’s incredulous to say to them – I watched it when it happened. And they say – Really? What was it like?

7 Comments

  1. Daniel M Hall

    I remember 1969 very well for two reasons. I had gotten married a few months before the landing and we viewed the landing at her sister’s home on Long Island, NY, along with her husband, children and I think other family members. We were glued to the TV for several hours. An incredible engineering/high tech accomplishment. That surely topped the many space missions that took place then. Definitely a different world now in many ways.

    Daniel

  2. Jill Keiser

    I was 13 and watching it with my parents in our den! It was the highlight of the summer and of a lifetime!

  3. Kathy Shoulders

    Yes I remember it well. I was 13 at the time! It was so awe inspiring!

  4. Maggie wilson

    So remember watching it on the TV and am loving watching all the programmes that have been on recently to bring it all back. What a crazy achievement. The woman (Margaret Hamilton) who was responsible for the S/W was a genius- source code even available now should anyone be interested 😎 https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/qz.com/726338/the-code-that-took-america-to-the-moon-was-just-published-to-github-and-its-like-a-1960s-time-capsule/amp/

  5. Suzanna

    I was at l’Universite de Dijon, locked in the women’s dormitory. We all sat on the stairs and listened to someone’s transistor radio. I felt deprived! This week has been wonderful for me. I have watched as many films and documentaries and interviews as possible. Looking at the moon so very far away, a globe that sparks inspiration and romanticism, poems, songs and awe, and gives us a sense of wonder about our universe, and also a beautiful glow. Moonlight and Moonstruck! Thank you for the lovely photos.

    • Miss Darcy

      That is lovely! Me too, I watched every documentary. And looked at every moon picture. It was a magical era where men dared to dream. What happened?

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