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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 Badtux { 07.19.12 at 10:43 pm }

I remember Neil bouncing around on the Moon and asking my mother, puzzled, “Why’s he bouncing like that?” “Low gravity, he’s on the moon and so he weighs less.” “Oh.” This anniversary always makes me sad, because it’s been downhill ever since then. Oh sure, we have these fancy computer toys, but we can’t do anything big anymore, it seems. We were can-do America back then. Today… we can’t. Can’t provide a good education for all our children. Can’t make sure that everybody has enough to eat and a place to sleep. Can’t send men into space, period, unless it’s on a Russian rocket. Can’t, can’t, can’t, can’t, can’t. The only thing you ever hear anymore is what America can’t do. I don’t think I ever heard that word growing up, at least not in reference to America. Today, it’s all we hear.

Yeah, I has a sad… :(.

– Badtux the Reminiscing Penguin

2 Bryan { 07.19.12 at 11:35 pm }

There is no one at the top who can see beyond the next quarter. No one in charge has any ‘big ideas’.