40 Years ago, this very day, man changed the world as we know it. From that day on, man actually stood on a soil other than Earth’s. There are those who believe that America fabricated the whole thing. I pity those people. There are people who are too young to have actually seen, live, the first pictures of man walking on the Moon. All that they have is video footage stored for prosperity.
The website wechoosethemoon.org is playing out the entire Apollo 11 mission as if it were happening today. All the audio transmissions from Mission Control to the spacecraft are being played in realtime. There is a mission clock to let you know how much time remains before the landing on the Moon and the next stage of their replay. As of this writing, it’s 6 hours, 26 minutes and 20 seconds before the Eagle lands on the Moon. Just under 4 hours before the next stage occurs.
Here are a couple of YouTube videos of the event just to save you from having to search YouTube yourself:
One of the few events of my childhood I remember was sitting in front of our television in the living room watching and waiting for the landing and then finally, the time when Neil and Buzz got out of the LEM and started their EVA’s on the Moon. It’s fuzzy now, but I’m pretty sure it was around 9pm. Which at my age of 8 years old, was past my bedtime. At least it was summer and I didn’t have to go to school the next day.
Something I am very happy to report is that all three astronauts are alive and well, although they are definitely showing their age.
So for those of you out there that are old enough to remember this day 40 years ago, enjoy the remembrances that will be broadcast today. For those of you who are too young. This is a perfect time to learn about all that happened on the mission. Aside from the multitude of websites that cover the event, I suggest renting/buying the HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon. A wonderful account of the entire space race from President Kennedy’s 1962 speech to the last flight to the Moon by Apollo 17‘s Eugene A. Cernan, Harrison H. Schmitt and Ronald E. Evans.