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25-08-2012, 03:04 PM
Space Pioneers
It's July 1969. A little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out.

It is only seven months since NASA's made a bold decision to send Apollo 8 all the way to the moon on the first manned flight of the massive Saturn V rocket.

Now, on the morning of July 16, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sit atop another Saturn V at Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The three-stage 363-foot rocket will use its 7.5 million pounds of thrust to propel them into space and into history.
Here is the planned destination... Tranquility Base... The Moon.
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Imagine; no human being had ever set foot there. Oh yes, Humans have dreamed of doing so since evolution began ... maybe before. When the lunar module lands at 4:18 p.m EDT, only 30 seconds of fuel remain. Armstrong radios "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Mission control erupts in celebration as the tension breaks, and a controller tells the crew "You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue, we're breathing again."
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Armstrong will later confirm that landing was his biggest concern, saying "the unknowns were rampant," and "there were just a thousand things to worry about." At 10:56 p.m. EDT Armstrong is ready to plant the first human foot on another world. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbs down the ladder and proclaims: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." You've all heard the sound bite -it's historic.
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At the age of 38 Neil Armstrong became the first human being to leave his foot print on our Moon. Neil Armstrong died today at the age of 82. His family has requested the next time you see the Moon... give it a wink for Neil.

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25-08-2012, 04:19 PM
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(25-08-2012 03:04 PM)kim Wrote:  At the age of 38 Neil Armstrong became the first human being to leave his foot print on our Moon. Neil Armstrong died today at the age of 82. His family has requested the next time you see the Moon... give it a wink for Neil.

Just did. ;~/

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25-08-2012, 05:30 PM
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Wonderful post, Kim. Thank you.

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25-08-2012, 05:35 PM
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Pretty psyched for continuing space exploration. Thanks for the first step of a thousand, Armstrong!
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