What is your recollection of the July 1969 mission of Apollo 11---particularly of the very moment at which Neil Arnstrong spoke of a "giant step for mankind" as he descended onto the surface of the moon?
I was sitting in front of our television set, the time was 04.45 am, Middle European Time. I would not have got out of bed at that time in the morning for anything else. Here we were, on Planet Earth, watching an event on a simple TV set, that was taking place somewhere else in our Solar System. It was, in one way, very humbling, on the other side, it was almost unbelievable what Mankind had achieved. It was a pity, however, that such an event was only destined to be witnessed by about three generations of human beings. It was beautiful, unbelievable and as US Americans say, 'AWESOME'. At the time, Neil Armstrong was right when he said that it was a giant step for Mankind. Now, in 2013, it is just one of several other achievements. (SILKEKARINA)
On Sunday, July 20, 1969, I was just a kid at grandma’s house when I watched with intent interest Astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot upon the moon. A splendid achievement, wasn’t it? The culmination of years of trial and error, effort consistent with a pledge made by the late President Kennedy about reaching this goal before the 1960’s ended. It is all the more remarkable that he made this pledge while we still struggling with rockets exploding on the pad, yet to have launched a successful orbital mission. He had such confidence in the American people and American know-how that he asked us to reach for the stars and we did not disappoint. What happened to that America? When I saw this landing while in my early teens, I envisioned the possibility that in my lifetime shuttles to and from the moon would be as common as jet air transportation was at that time. I saw a future where men and women would be routinely working in space; I saw the film 2001, a Space Odyssey, as a prophetic vision of the very near future from the eyes of one who lived during the late 1960’s. From my perspective, NASA could do no wrong. This was to be a world full of opportunity and promise. The failure of this vision to come to fruition has to be one of the biggest disappointments of the ‘boomer generation”.
I was just a youngster during that time period. But as I was Wowing away, I thought to myself that this was not only a giant Leap for Neil Armstrong and mankind. But also one that would eventually open new doors to many other feats accomplished by the human race, and of course - in the name of science & space exploration itself.
All i remember is my father brought a colour TV for the event and it was all black and white. It wasn't till much later that we was able to see it in colour.
On a personal note what a great advertisement for nationalism, lets face it what flag did they deposit on the moon?
A little before my time,but i always get teary eyed whenever i see that video
But you hate science. In fact, Neil Armstrong and co. went out into space (the very same place God struck down the Tower of Babel for attempting to reach) and proved that there is no paradise in the heavens.
Wouldn't you and your superstitious kin view it as a heinous act of blasphemy?
I don't hate science.
I just think it's funny when grown adults believe in obvious farces such as 'survival of the fittest' and other such nonsense.
That's because you never took the time to understand evolution.
I did actually. What do you think led to start questioning whether there might be a God in the first place? Yes, it was the inconsistancies of the current evolution theory.
No, you didn't, that is very obvious.
Wow, you believers will lie about anything.
But, the inconsistencies that you perceived (which are better understood as progress in human comprehension of evolution based on the collection of new data and the formation of new knowledge and information) are not proof of the veracity myth such as Creationism.
And you belabor the need to for proof and consistency as markers of theoretical might.
So, if we apply this standard to Creationism:
Where is the proof? The Bible is a book---a book written, edited, and published by men with little documentary and/or archaeological evidence supporting its narrative.
Where is the consistency? The Bible, even if you insist on its being authentically "gospel", is replete with internal inconsistencies.
A pretty convincing result from scale models, string, and a fuzzy video?
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