Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Apollo 11 Tribute 40th Anniversary

The Apollo 11 mission was successful on July 20 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," he said, before stepping down onto the lunar surface.

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent only short period on the moon setting up experiments.Michael Collins stayed aboard the orbiting command mission module. On leaving the moon they left, a number of items (106+) including an United States flag, and a plaque that reads: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the Moon—July 1969 A.D.—We came in peace for all mankind." Another item which I thought was very moving were the commemorative medals from the astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 mission and medals from the dead Soviet cosmonauts, Vladimir Komarov and Yuri Gagarin. (In fact, Valentin Bondarenko was the first man to die in the space race, but it wasn't until 1980 that the world found out that he perished in a fire, during an endurance experiment.)

Anyway, I have produced a small slide show, acknowledgment and gratitude to NASA image archives. I then have also added music (YouTube) from the wonderful Creedence Clearwater Revival and their hit "Bad Moon Rising" which was released on May 3rd 1969.

I remember, I was in Yr 6 at St Mary's Catholic Primary school, Orange NSW and the nuns sent us home early, to watch the landing on TV that afternoon. Ahhhhh.....memories!! Ahhhhh...40 yrs on!!

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