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One Small Step

Apollo 11

Apollo 11


Neil A. Armstrong

Pilot: Columbia Command Module

Michael Collins, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

Pilot: Eagle Lunar Module

Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr., Colonel, USAF

Launched: 16 July 1969 UT 13:32:00 (08:32:00 CDT)

Landed on Moon: 20 July 1969 UT 20:17:40 (15:17:40 CDT)

Landing Site: Mare Tranquillitatis – Sea of Tranquility (0.67 N, 23.47 E)

Returned to Earth: 24 July 1969 UT 16:50:35 (11:50:35 CDT)


1 Jack K., the Grumpy Forester { 07.16.10 at 9:30 pm }

…around this time every year, I think back to sitting in Grandma’s living room in Bremerton, Wa., on 20 July 1969, shouting at my grandparents and parents to quit chit-chatting in the kitchen and come to the living room to watch Neil Armstrong clamber down that ladder. They never did, and I watched the human race’s first steps onto a surface not of this planet all by myself…

As an aside, it’s anniversaries like this that make me start to feel a bit old because none of the nine people I supervise or more than one or two of the other dozen or so people in my work group are even capable of having any sort of personal recollection of what I consider one of the most amazing things (volcanic eruptions aside) that I have ever witnessed in my entire life…

2 Bryan { 07.16.10 at 10:02 pm }

My maternal grandfather started life reading by oil lamp and traveling by horse and wagon, and lived to see a man walk on the Moon. He saw the general introduction of indoor plumbing, electricity, telephones, radio, television, cars, airplanes, nuclear weapons, computers, antibiotics… all that in one life time.

People just think the world is changing quickly.

I saw it on a jury-rigged system directly from the Moon thanks to the skills of Air Force technicians and a lot of expensive government equipment, and, yes, the signal definitely came from the Moon.

3 Badtux { 07.17.10 at 11:36 pm }

Every year at this time I remember: At one time, Man had the capability to go to the Moon.

No longer, of course. No longer. But once upon a time….

— Badtux the “Best is behind us” Penguin

4 Bryan { 07.18.10 at 2:28 pm }

At some point the US just quit trying. Business decided to milk everything for the maximum profit, and not build anything new. Money surpassed everything else – it was all about making money, not making history. We went from “can do” to “why bother”. It is the age of whining.