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As 7/20/09 (or Year 41) approaches, the NY Times online edition is running an excellent retrospective. I especially enjoyed the series of short videos narrated by John Wilford, the reporter who covered the mission for the Times.

I was 21 days short of my 13th birthday at the time, and still remember it all like it was yesterday. It's still the most inspiring event that I've ever witnessed.

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Yeah. I was eight years old at the time. My mother, a space flight fanatic, woke me up so that I could watch the event on our black and white TV. I never forgot it.

Cool article. :-)

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I swear that my earliest memory is being in a playpen in our living room, watching men on the moon. It wasn't from Apollo 11, though. More likely 14.

I've been trying to find a good 'toy' scale model of the command module/lander for years; there used to be one sold at the Smithsonian with the docking ports etc. I've had to make do with a Lego set to try to explain to my kids how spaceflight first worked. ;)


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JusTin wrote:
I swear that my earliest memory is being in a playpen in our living room, watching men on the moon. It wasn't from Apollo 11, though. More likely 14.

I've been trying to find a good 'toy' scale model of the command module/lander for years; there used to be one sold at the Smithsonian with the docking ports etc. I've had to make do with a Lego set to try to explain to my kids how spaceflight first worked. ;)


I can take a look at NASA Goddard for you if you'd like. They used to have a pretty good selection. Do you want them connected or separate? How big?

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I have to admit that I have only disconnected memories of watching the lunar footage at the time and can no longer clearly distinguish what I saw then with the hours of stuff I've watched since. I do very clearly remember watching the liftoff of Apollo 17 from the moon, and being sad because it was the last one for years and years.

And still is.

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You really are a batch of youngsters. I was 21, and I sat and watched it in my parents' living room, staying glued to it for as long as the transmission went on.

I remember watching the Alan Shepherd downrange flight, too.


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In the UK the television was broadcasting at hours it was usually silent, and I was glued to the set for most of them. I may have seen Apollo 8, and almost certainly Apollo 10, but I definitely saw Apollo 11 live.

In those days they filled in gaps while the astronauts were sleeping, crapping, etc, with useful information about the space program. Today it would be a bunch of entertainers speculating on what would happen if the astronauts found LGM, with a crawling Twitter feed from the audience.


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Well. they have to vamp somehow while they're dressing the sets and adjusting the lighting. :roll:

I find it hard to believe that the "we never went" crowd has such solid presence and traction these days. Right up there with the "lunar glass domes" crowd. Aye yi yi.

And History channel ran junk on the Bermuda Triangle last night, which was completely debunked more than 30 years ago. (Berlitz included ships that sank for known reasons in the *Pacific Ocean*, fa crissakes.)

Any you wonder why we didn't find "Idiocracy" very funny.


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TinaBlack wrote:
You really are a batch of youngsters.

Aren't they, though? I had already read my first Heinlein by the time Sputnik went up. For the Apollo 11 landing, I was busy discovering that I'm the world's worst waiter, at the Steak & Ale on Old Spanish Trail near the Astrodome in Houston. My Space Science profs (Freeman & Haymes at Rice U.) had a package flying on that flight (ALSEP-SIDE: Apollo Lunar Science Experiment Package - Solar Ion Detector Experiment), and there were a grand total of maybe six people in the restaurant that night.

All week we'd been serving the foreign press corps in town for the launch. I remember one guy from an Austrian newspaper who commented to me that, for a country that prided itself on being so peace-oriented, it was strange that the very first thing we broadcast on TV each morning was fighter jets (accompanying the Star Spangled Banner at the beginning of the broadcast day, back when TV stations actually went off the air).

Anyway, for the landing, the manager set up a TV in the banquet room, and all the customers and staff moved in there to watch Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. An amazing night. I'm just sad that somehow, I had managed to be unaware that Heinlein himself was part of the Apollo 11 coverage. I never saw any of his face time on the TV.

Dan

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Ditto. In the UK we never saw Cronkite, Clarke, or Heinlein. Aunty Beeb had her own cadre.


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