Monday, July 20, 2009

Today in History: Apollo 11 Landed on the Moon

Few moments in our lives can we say, "I remember exactly where I was when..." Forty years ago, on July 20, 1969, we had one of those moments with the first man to touch the surface of our moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins touched the lives of all Americans and captured the imaginations of an entire generation of people. To add to its majesty the late great Walter Cronkite eloquently brought us through this moment and allowed the people of the United States of America to feel and understand how great this moment truly is and was.

The impact that the landing had on American society probably is far greater than historians will ever be able to determine. The imaginations and inventiveness of the Baby Boom generation created a technologically advanced world that history would have never thought possible. What is the connection? In the minds of children that witnessed that invent the impossible became possible. Dreams became a reality. And most importantly limits could and would now be pushed because so many believed it was now possible. If you know nothing of the lunar landing except that it happened a long time along and the famous quote of Neil Armstrong when he first stepped onto the surface then I challenge you to investigate it. The link below will connect you to the NASA site and the historical data on Apollo 11. This is a moment in our nations history that not only defined a generation but also a society and effected the course of human history.

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