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Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed!
NASA Apollo 11 36th Anniversary ^ | July 20, 1969 - July 20, 2005

Posted on 07/20/2005 3:44:45 AM PDT by lunarbicep

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
At 10:56 p.m. EDT on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the Moon. This image was taken from the telecast of the event, watched by over half a billion people around the world. Armstrong composed the quote after landing on the Moon, he had meant to say, "That's one small step for a man ...". The pictures were taken by the Apollo lunar surface camera, mounted on one of the LM legs. The black bar running through the center of the picture is an anomaly in the Goldstone ground data system.



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As an 8 year old child I couldn’t understand the significance of being awakened, placed in front of a television and being told I am a witness to history. Reflecting back 36 years, it is through tear filled eyes that I understand the love and the excitement that my parents wished to share with me. I may have lost a little sleep that night, but the further instilment of love for Country and pride in its achievements that they passed to me can never be removed.
So today as you use your computer, stare at your TV, drive your car, use your cell phone… take a second to reflect on the impact that the events of 36 years ago today have had on our lives.
1 posted on 07/20/2005 3:44:45 AM PDT by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep

I was 13 on that day and launched a Centuri Saturn 5 model rocket I had built right after watching the landing and after Armstrong set foot on the surface.

Any more model rocket geeks here on Free Republic?


2 posted on 07/20/2005 3:48:45 AM PDT by nuke rocketeer
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To: lunarbicep

Oh my goodness !!!! even google has elected to recognize today anniversary


3 posted on 07/20/2005 3:48:53 AM PDT by lunarbicep ("Becoming a politician is the only step down I could take from being a journalist." Jim Hightower)
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To: lunarbicep; eyespysomething

Thanks for the reminder! In my life time, men have always been able to go to the moon, but I'll ping someone who's old enough to remember this ...


4 posted on 07/20/2005 3:53:04 AM PDT by SittinYonder (America is the Last Beach)
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To: lunarbicep
even google has elected to recognize today anniversary

LOL! When you click on Google you get great satellite images of the moon, locations of moon landings. If you zoom in close I think you can see a flag on the surface!

5 posted on 07/20/2005 3:55:38 AM PDT by SittinYonder (America is the Last Beach)
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6 posted on 07/20/2005 3:56:07 AM PDT by AgThorn (Bush is my president, but he needs to protect our borders. FIRST, before any talk of "Amnesty.")
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To: lunarbicep

I was 10 years old.... and at a park with my parents for a family reunion. Aunts, Uncles, etc. and I remember my Grandfather repeating over and over "There ain't no way in h*@# that they are on the moon".


7 posted on 07/20/2005 3:56:48 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: SittinYonder

I remember the day very well. I was pulled inside and plunked down in front of a small black and white television with a grainy reception that I was normally never allowed to watch. I think I was nine at the time.


8 posted on 07/20/2005 3:57:21 AM PDT by Riley (STOP CASTING POROSITY!!)
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To: lunarbicep
First word spoken on the moon...

My hometown! ;-)

9 posted on 07/20/2005 3:57:49 AM PDT by Allegra (Less Than 30 Days Until R&R - W'HOOOO!)
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To: lunarbicep

I was at boarding school here in Australia. I was 13 and it was the first time we'd had television in the school - they bought enough that we could all watch this, and we wouldn't let them take them away afterwards - we almost mounted a rebellion.

We were kids who'd been born just before spaceflight became a reality, and it was so exciting. I remember the dead silence that came over the room of overexcited boys when the masters threatened that anyone who made a noise wouldn't be able to watch.

Then after the historic moments - very shortly after - we went outside and all of mature teenagers started playing spaceman games.


10 posted on 07/20/2005 4:00:01 AM PDT by naturalman1975 (Sure, give peace a chance - but si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: lunarbicep

I am still in awe of this achievement, especially considering the technology that was available at the time.


11 posted on 07/20/2005 4:02:50 AM PDT by kidd
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To: SittinYonder

Ha! this one's linkable ...

I didn't notice the 'link' before, when I just grabbed the graphic. Can't see the flag you reference but be sure to zoom all the way in to prove a long thought urban legend as fact after all!!

12 posted on 07/20/2005 4:03:30 AM PDT by AgThorn (Bush is my president, but he needs to protect our borders. FIRST, before any talk of "Amnesty.")
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To: Riley
I was only 6, and I remember the day because I didn't like Pea-Soup.

And during that trip to see my Grandmother, she took out her TEETH!

And yes, I saw it all happen on B/W TV. I wouldn't change it for the moon.

/Salute, God Bless.

13 posted on 07/20/2005 4:03:52 AM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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I wouldn't be born for another 3 months when Neil put his feet on the lunar surface. The earliest recollection of anything of import was the night Nixon resigned. At the tender age of 3 1/2, I knew he was railroaded. I despise the RATS... ;)


14 posted on 07/20/2005 4:05:05 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) (Unleash Karl Rove!!!)
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To: nuke rocketeer

"Any more model rocket geeks here on Free Republic?'

Cineroc.



15 posted on 07/20/2005 4:05:36 AM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: lunarbicep

I was 13 that summer day. I remember it like yesterday, I think I was the only one inside watching as it landed. Later that evening, our family watched those first steps together. Such a moment, waters my eyes thinking about it.

I remeber when the whole elementary school was in the cafeteria watching one TV for the Mercury and Gemini flights...and the spashdowns!

I never did make it to that childhood dream of being an astronaut but have enjoyed a career in aerospace nonetheless.

Sadly, the pioneering spirit and the attention the space program got in those days seems to be a thing of the past.


16 posted on 07/20/2005 4:07:15 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: All
To be honest,
I think we need another televised Moon Landing.

So our budget would be hurt, whoop-dee. Let the Libs cry!
Maybe they'll realize that we won the cold war, or not...

17 posted on 07/20/2005 4:08:19 AM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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I wouldn't be born for another 3 months when Neil put his feet on the lunar surface. The earliest recollection of anything of import was the night Nixon resigned

That's interesting. I was born in '72, but I remember seeing watergate hearings on television. It's a vague memory at best, but even so I've always thought it was strange that something like a senate investigation hearing would stick in the mind of a 2-year-old. I do not remember Nixon resigning.

18 posted on 07/20/2005 4:10:26 AM PDT by SittinYonder (America is the Last Beach)
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To: lunarbicep
Neil Armstrong is responsible for one of the funniest lines ever uttered at a press conference. When the three met the media a few weeks after returning from the moon...someone asked his what hsi thoughts were, as he sat on the launch pad, waiting for lift-off.

Armstrong replied.."I was thinking that here I am sitting atop this tremendously complex piece of technology, consisting of millions of parts, each one made by the lowest bidder."

19 posted on 07/20/2005 4:10:39 AM PDT by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
I wouldn't be born for another 3 months when Neil put his feet on the lunar surface. The earliest recollection of anything of import was the night Nixon resigned. At the tender age of 3 1/2, I knew he was railroaded. I despise the RATS... ;)

I was all of 6 months old when Neil landed on the moon. My only memories of the Apollo program are Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz. And at the age of 5, I kinda remember the whole Watergate kerfuffle. I knew immediately that I would never support the RATS.

20 posted on 07/20/2005 4:11:04 AM PDT by JRios1968 (No Sir, I don't like it.)
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