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    50 years ago

    I was 8 years old. Never forgot Walter Chronkite
    describing what was going down, with awe in his voice
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    I can still recall struggling to stay awake watching it happen in the middle of the night on a black & white TV.
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    Me too.
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    I can still recall struggling to stay awake watching it happen in the middle of the night on a black & white TV.

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    It was an awesome day! I remember playing astronaut with my brother. The old abandoned outhouse on our farm was our space capsule. We must have flown to the moon a hundred times. When Armstrong and Aldrin landed it was really inspiring. The Apollo 11 crew were true national heroes.
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    I was at BSA Camp Altaha at the base of the Appalachian trail in NWNJ. Over 150 of us watching in the mess hall on a rabbit eared 13" black and white TV. With all the inovations that have happened since that day I still believe that July 20th 1969 will stand as one of the greatest accomplishments ever

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    I was at my Aunt’s house. I thought she owned a lousy TV, with a grainy, black and white picture. I wanted to go home and see it on a good TV.

    Today, I reflect on the leaps in technology required to put two men on the surface AND broadcast a video feed to those of us that were 250,000 miles away.

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    We were visiting my cousins in Great Falls MT. They had a big BW TV. The image was upside down--the local station said their feed was shaky and they weren't going to mess with at that moment.

    My grandmother's sister was there too. She was 16 when the Wright brothers' flight made the headlines. She just kept shaking her head in disbelief. The main thing that bothered her was that Neil Armstrong was upside down on the ladder.


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    I watched with a friend after coon hunting. He was a WV transplant to Md. We all thought it was great except for his mom and dad who were convinced it was fake. His dad never believed any of the moon stuff was real.

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    We spent the day in NE. This is a pix of covered wagon ruts in the prairie on the Oregon trail from 1850s, the day we pause to remember Neil and Buzz leaving their mark on the moon. somehow amazes me
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    I was only 4 years old at the time. I can’t remember anything so young but I remember that. That event shaped the way I looked at the world and what is possible like it did for so many. Mathematics, engineering, building stuff all started there for me. Funny some don’t get it and still think it was a waste of time and money that should have been spent on other issues of the time, blows my mind.

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    50 years ago

    Iíll have to ask my parents. I would have been just shy of 4, and likely oblivious as I donít know what we had for TV at that point.
    All I remember is my sister and I made a couple of those art-into-dinner-plate deals, and mine was the rocket and capsule going to the moon.

    But like Dave said, itís amazing the amount of small minded and short sighted people in the world. And yet, somehow, a room full of engineers and a dream put men on the moon.


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    Buzz still had it as he grew older. He was never prosecuted for punching this idiot.


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    I was 10, my 10 year older brother and I took a old bushnell 8x42 binoculars outside for a better look,,,I remember thinking how incredible it was looking at the moon and knowing Neil was standing on it Flag in hand.
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    I was an eighth grader with my family on our first big cross country trip to Colorado and California. We stopped at a KOA kampground that had been set up in a Kansas field. That night every single person on the property was crammed into the laundry building watching the landing on a 19 inch B&W tv.
    Neil had been told to simply chop the thrust when the sensor whips touched the surface, allowing the module to drop aways and compress the suspension. He couldn't bring himself to do it and that's why there was such a drop off the last step of the ladder. And he burned more fuel, and caused "a bunch of us about to turn blue"! He was still a pilot, not "spam in a can."
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    Quote Originally Posted by n40ff View Post
    ….. dad who were convinced it was fake. His dad never believed any of the moon stuff was real.
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    Just so you know, that cheap dollar store tinfoil doesn't work as good as the Alcoa Renolds wrap foil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    Just so you know, that cheap dollar store tinfoil doesn't work as good as the Alcoa Renolds wrap foil.

    Glenn
    And neither works very well unless you run ground wires to both feet to maintain a balanced polarity. It's probably a good idea to wrap foil on your feet inside your socks, too. People always forget about ground waves.
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    Done with slide rules and ingenuity. The computer power they used is probably less than the phones in our pockets. The human mind is still the best computer and this accomplishment proved it. I will never not be in awe of this day.

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    I recall Buzz saying something like, The big Saturn took off and it had to go somewhere.........

    Oh well.

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    I was born just a few months after Yeager broke the sound barrier in '47. A decade later my grandfather and I watched from the backyard with binoculars as Sputnik passed overhead in the night sky. Twelve years later the U.S. landed men on the moon. The speed of aerospace development was astounding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NunavutPA-12 View Post
    I was born just a few months after Yeager broke the sound barrier in '47. A decade later my grandfather and I watched from the backyard with binoculars as Sputnik passed overhead in the night sky. Twelve years later the U.S. landed men on the moon. The speed of aerospace development was astounding!
    Don't know about 50 years ago, but this July 6 th. I watched the movie Apollo 11, on an IMAX screen with Dolby surround sound. 2 hrs earlier I had made 2 different high altitude remote area off airport landings, dodging a few rocks on short final.. So I probably related to the last few seconds of the descent different then most in the theater. See the movie at IMAX, go out of your way to do so.

    By "don't know", I mean I don't remember hearing about it as it happened, I was living up a canyon on the Big Sur coastline, with no internet or cell phone, or regular phone or mail. Unlike many here it seems, I for sure was old enough I just wasn't paying attention.
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    I remember my dad made us come in and watch it (I was 9 at the time) from outside. Didn't want to but glad I did.

    My dad was crying through the presentation and I couldn't get why. He was born early in the 20th century (1916) in rural MT, didn't see a car until quite a bit older, didn't see an airplane until he was a young man, sailed around the world as a ships engineer, then eventually flew in an airplane for the 1st time just before WWII; was discharged in AK, bought a 170, then 180.....He eventually explained to me that seeing the span in his lifetime from horseback transportation to space travel just struck him as almost inconceivable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bearhawk Builder View Post
    I was only 4 years old at the time. I can’t remember anything so young but I remember that. …..
    Unfortunately I was pretty oblivious to things as kid.
    I was 12 when the moon landing was made but I don't recall a thing about it.
    I don't also recall much about the cold war nuclear scare (bomb shelters, etc).
    I wish I'd been more aware of "the big picture" as a youngster & as a younger man--
    I
    didn't pay a lot of attention to the Iranian hostage crisis in 79,
    or the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan around the same time.
    Ditto many other events that turned out to have long-term influence on world events.
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    Man! The Apollo missions fascinated me...still have my NASA folder on the Viking missions to Mars. Watched my favorite starship enterprise roll past my grandmaís mobile home n Lancaster. Now once I figure out that sub atomic particle ...gravitons.....Iím goín places!


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    In one of Gene Kranz excellent books he wrote the exercise of launching from FL and using both the earth orbit and moon orbit to propel them was akin to having someone throw a basketball over the barn on the family farm and then hitting the basketball with a marble thrown from the other side. He also said that Apollo 13 splashdown was calculated so closely that the Navy ship Iwo Jima was less than 6K away, and at the time there was initial concern the ship was in the way. As been said done with a slide rule

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    The Apollo 11 crew were true national heroes.
    I reckon you could safely say international, world heroes.

    I did see the iMax Apollo 11 movies recently and like everything to do with this era, it was fantastic.

    I was born a month after the landing, something which my wife a few years older ribs me about. And yes my baby photos are in colour.

    When my son was the most difficult (REALLY difficult) to raise at the 15 years of age mark, this whole space race, man walking on the moon was the one thing that held his attention. He read dozens of books on it. He went on to eventually complete an Aeronautical Engineering Degree specalizing in orbit, re-entry mathematics, and this week went solo in a PC21.

    So the moon landing is still inspiring, and they are still heroes for people born long after the event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texmex View Post
    ….and this week went solo in a PC21. …..
    Pilatus PC21....I assume he's RAAF?
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    50 years

    Enough of you young guys. Here's an old geezer story. I covered the space program for CBC Television News from Mercury through most of Apollo, the first group fighter pilot jocks, the latter mostly boring electrical engineers except for Aldrin. Bob Gilruth, head NASA Manned Spacecraft Centre, recruited 25 engineers who built our scrapped Arrow fighter. Owen Maynard of Sarnia, Ontario, became command module chief and Jim Chamberlain, Kamloops, British Columbia, chief lunar lander. Gilruth had a two-foot Arrow model on his desk, said it was "the best fighter ever built." (US wouldn't buy it.) Owen told me his brains didn't get him the job. Tasked with investigating rocket failures, he apportioned blame discreetly among manufacturers. We were having dinner at his home when the Cape called to say Grissom, Chaffee and White were killed in command module fire on the gantry. For an idea how old I was, I asked Glenn what was a 43-year-old Marine pilot doing in space. He said it's nothing to do with derring-do but doing the right thing the first time.
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