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    NASA Marks Apollo 11 Anniversary

    NASA Marks Apollo 11 Anniversary With Restored Video Footage

    Forty years ago Thursday, Apollo 11 blasted off on its 280,000-mile journey, fulfilling President Kennedy's 1961 call to reach the moon by the end of the decade.

    To commemorate the anniversary, NASA released newly restored video footage of the Apollo 11 moon landings but the fabled "lost" moon tapes weren't among them.
    NASA Marks Apollo 11 Anniversary With Restored Video Footage - Science News | Science & Technology | Technology News - FOXNews.com

    Ok, so this isnt earth-splitting news.
    But it IS historically significant and, on this day, deserves mention.

    Hats off to the can-do engineers that built these ships, and the steely-eyed-missile men that rode in them.

    Sadly, all are relics from a by-gone era.

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    Re: NASA Marks Apollo 11 Anniversary

    I'm pretty sure everyone who was alive back 40 years ago remembers where they were as well as they remember where they were when they got the news that JFK was killed. It was one of the greatest days in the history of man. I was so proud that day and I think it did a lot for America that day. It was at the time the most watched event in history around the world. And everyone cheered when Niel stepped out and made little small step statement. Which was wrong by the way . He landed so softly the shock absorbers didn't compress and he had to do a little jump of almost 3 feet to reach the Moon's surface. Just thinking about that time and worry about them possibly being up there to die if the lift off rocket were to fail. Wow heady times.
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    Of course the detractors who claim it was a hoax will be out again, But I list then right up there with the blame America first crowd. But screw all of them and the space ship flew in on.

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    I remember it, just barely. I was a very small child, I remember the adults and older kids being very excited, and the TV had moon pictures. One of my earliest coherent memories. At the time I had no idea what all the fuss was about...Captain Kirk did better every Thursday at 8.

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    I was 9 when they lifted off and 10 when they stepped onto the Moon.
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    I had the privilege of meeting Buzz Aldrin and spending some time with him. I asked him how it felt being a passenger in the Lunar Module while Armstrong was running out of gas, looking for a place to land. He said he kept his mouth shut but was nervous until they were about 100 feet off the ground, and it was clear they would land safely. He said his big worry was they would be locked out of the lander, because the door was designed to latch automatically and had no handle on the outside. He wedged the door open with some piece of equipment that was not part of the training.

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    Re: NASA Marks Apollo 11 Anniversary

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    I was 9 when they lifted off and 10 when they stepped onto the Moon.
    Happy Birthday!

    I was just over a month old when they launched.

    A guy went to school with was born as they landed.
    His parents named him Neil Armstrong.
    His last name was already Moon.
    Last edited by Goobieman; 07-17-09 at 12:23 PM.

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    Re: NASA Marks Apollo 11 Anniversary

    Quote Originally Posted by WillRockwell View Post
    I had the privilege of meeting Buzz Aldrin and spending some time with him. I asked him how it felt being a passenger in the Lunar Module while Armstrong was running out of gas, looking for a place to land. He said he kept his mouth shut but was nervous until they were about 100 feet off the ground, and it was clear they would land safely. He said his big worry was they would be locked out of the lander, because the door was designed to latch automatically and had no handle on the outside. He wedged the door open with some piece of equipment that was not part of the training.
    Funny that door issue wasn't picked up during practices. Good thinking on his part. Imagine having to break the glass to get in.
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