“The Eagle has landed”

I’ve just been reminded of why the date seems…significant to me. On this date in 1969, those words were first uttered to an adoring and astounded little girl on the vast expanse of wind-blown grasslands known as Southern Alberta.

NASA.gov had this posted in 2002, the 30th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing.

On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a human first set foot on another celestial body.

Six hours after landing at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with less than 30 seconds of fuel remaining), Neil A. Armstrong took the “Small Step” into our greater future when he stepped off the Lunar Module, named “Eagle,” onto the surface of the Moon, from which he could look up and see Earth in the heavens as no one had done before him.

He was shortly joined by “Buzz” Aldrin, and the two astronauts spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned 46 pounds of lunar rocks. After their historic walks on the Moon, they successfully docked with the Command Module “Columbia,” in which Michael Collins was patiently orbiting the cold but no longer lifeless Moon.

UPDATE: Sam Kouvaris just reminded me that my cellphone (a lovely maroon eNv3 that I got this weekend), has more memory than the computers used to land a man or two on the moon. And it wasn’t streamed to my phone, my computer, or the chip in my brain, it was on a little black and white television that only got 3 or 4 channels WHEN you were lucky and all conditions were perfect.

Wow. Thanks, Men, for helping pave the way.


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