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Lest we forget: 43 years ago today Apollo 11 touched down on the moon (Can we do that again?)
American Thinker ^ | 07/21/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 07/21/2012 12:07:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

A thousand years from now, no one will care about the debate over Obamacare, or gun control, or Mitt Romney, or any other event or person from the last 50 years. Except the moon landing, of course.

It was 43 years ago today that Apollo 11 touched down on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on its surface. Because it was the first time in human history we had accomplished the feat of traveling to another world and leaving our footprints on its face, as long as humans are writing history, Apollo 11 and Armstrong will be mentioned.

There was so much we didn't know about the mission at the time; Armstrong gave himself a 50-50 chance of returning home (NASA thought the odds two out of three). The landing itself was a very near thing with the spacecraft having less than 30 seconds of fuel left before an abort would have been performed.

Veteran space journalist Jay Barbree recounts the moment of Armstrong's descent to the surface of the moon:

"Forty-three years ago, Neil Armstrong moved slowly down the ladder. He was in no hurry. He would be stepping onto a small world that had never been touched by life. A landscape where no leaf had ever drifted, no insect had ever scurried, where no blade of green had ever waved, where even the raging fury of a thermonuclear blast would sound no louder than a falling snowflake."

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apollo11; moon; nasa; space

1 posted on 07/21/2012 12:07:42 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

American Exceptionalism...Where has it gone?


2 posted on 07/21/2012 12:13:23 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sorry, but stuff like that is over for a long, long time.

It will take some purifying event(s) to produce people with the gumption to do big things again.

(The combination of the Great Depression and World War II produced a nation of giants; 40 years of liberal stupidity has left us with a nation of Pygmies.)

3 posted on 07/21/2012 12:15:50 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: SeekAndFind

Forty years later American private industry is doing more aerospace development than the rest of the world, from the Boeing 787 to GE engines etc, while SpaceX etc and all the startups in West Texas are working to make a sport of it.

Meanwhile, the Chines GOVERNMENT with all their (ill-gotten?) resources are just catching up with pre-Apollo skills.

And the airforce now has what it originally wanted out of the space shuttle: the X37B.

We should be happy that NASA recedes and private industry moves forward.


4 posted on 07/21/2012 12:18:29 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: SeekAndFind
My grandma was terminally ill and living with my parents and us children. She was taking powerful drugs to relieve the pain. The drugs made her sleep a lot. But that day and night, Grandma refused to take her meds. She wanted to be awake to watch the moon landing. I'm sure she was in a lot of pain, but she suffered through it and saw the landing with our family.

Grandma was not well educated — she came from poverty in Italy, but science fascinated her, even if she didn't understand it. The moon landing gave her such joy even through her agony. Grandma passed on a few weeks later and I still miss her, but watching her awestruck face as she witnessed the moon landing still makes me smile.

5 posted on 07/21/2012 12:23:06 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Celtic Cross

... gone to Islamic deserts, every one.


6 posted on 07/21/2012 12:25:33 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind; Celtic Cross; I cannot think of a name; sam_paine; fatnotlazy; Diogenesis
American Exceptionalism...Where has it gone?

What? You think like Obama do you? Only THE GOVERNMENT can make things happen? American exceptionalism is defined by what NASA does, not what PRIVATE INDUSTRY does?

Here's your Exceptionalists:

Executive Members Associate Members
Armadillo Aerospace Aerojet
Bigelow Aerospace Andrews Space, inc.
Blue Origin ARES Corporation
Excalibur Almaz Barrios Technology
Jacksonville - Cecil Field Spaceport BWSC
Masten Space Systems Cimarron
Mojave Spaceport DCI Services and Consulting
Sierra Nevada Corporation David Clark Company
Southwest Research Institute Ecliptic Enterprises Corp.
Space Adventures ETC - NASTAR Center
Space Florida IHA[disambiguation needed]
Spaceport America Jacobs Technology
SpaceX J&P Technologies
United Launch Alliance MDA Corporation
Virgin Galactic MEI Technologies
XCOR Aerospace Moon Express
Spaceport Indiana ORBITEC
OSIDA
Paragon SDC
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
Raytheon
RS&H
Scaled Composites
SEAKR Engineering
Special Aerospace Services
SRA International
Triumph Aerospace-NN
United Space Alliance
Wyle
X PRIZE Foundation
Aeroports de Catalunya
/tr
7 posted on 07/21/2012 12:27:22 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: SeekAndFind
Forty years ago about 10% of US households were getting some kind of government handout...today it's close to 50%.We couldn't *afford* to go to the moon today.
8 posted on 07/21/2012 12:39:05 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: SeekAndFind

sadly, no ... not in our current incarnation


9 posted on 07/21/2012 12:44:38 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
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To: sam_paine

You might want to go back and read some history, such as in the 1950’s when Wernher von Braun pleaded with us NOT to go to the moon.

He understood (as many since have failed to) that get space commercialized would require a foundation of accomplishment, too large for any private company to make. That’s the reason he pushed for Mars, and not the Moon. He realized that the infrastructure necessary to make the trip to to Mars would be large enough to “birth” the commercialization of space travel.

All of the companies you listed are good folks, but so were the dozens more that have tried and failed (see RocketPlane for one). We need a ‘push’ to get over the hump and make commercialization viable - like going to Mars for example. We were so close after the moon landings, but the likes of Mondale and other nitwits stopped funding and squandered the opportunity.


10 posted on 07/21/2012 12:47:02 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: I cannot think of a name
in the 1950’s when Wernher von Braun pleaded with us NOT to go to the moon.

Complete and utter fabricated horsesht.

I just happened to have read Biddle's biography of von Braun last month.

He was eager to turn a blind eye to the Nazi atrocities, whatever it took to get his rockets funded. They threw all sorts of lives under the bus as the war ended in order to get captured by the Americans so he and his crew could continue their research.

He did want to go to Mars, but it was all a matter of development, crawl before you walk.

Throw some water (or facts) on your strawman.

11 posted on 07/21/2012 12:59:48 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind. An ‘extra, extra’ ping to APoD.


12 posted on 07/21/2012 1:02:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: I cannot think of a name

Gumption.
Exactly.

We have the tech, we just ain’t got the stones...

Damn shame, really. I remember the excitement when Armstrong took his first steps. The ones I think who were most impressed weren’t the adults, it was the children.


13 posted on 07/21/2012 1:15:09 PM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SeekAndFind; Revolting cat!
43 years ago, Ted Kennedy's car touched down.


14 posted on 07/21/2012 1:17:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I was 15 and watched it on TV, lying on the floor on a hot July day. In those far-off days, they played space launches over the intercom in my school.(And the World Series)


15 posted on 07/21/2012 1:24:38 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought the actual date was July 19th.


16 posted on 07/21/2012 1:59:07 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: SeekAndFind

I was working at the 312th Evac Hospital in Chu Lai, Vietnam and remember walking outside that night (July 21) and looking up at the Moon, realizing there were Americans there.


17 posted on 07/21/2012 1:59:25 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: fatnotlazy

It’s hard for recent generations to comprehend the speed and depth of scientific and technological advances made during the span of our grandmothers generation. Mine was born at the end of the 19th century probably about the same time as yours.

Consider this, they saw the first self-propelled flying machines, not much more than large manned kites, wondrous and awesome things and survived to see passenger jets become common and culminating in that manned lunar landing.

Couple that with the rest of the wondrous advances that transformed the world and realize that in that span of a single life the world changed in ways unlike any previous epoch.

An awesome thing to contemplate.


18 posted on 07/21/2012 2:20:59 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now Americans must rely on the Russians to take them into space. How can we go from the triumph of landing men on the moon and returning them safely 43 years ago to this?


19 posted on 07/21/2012 2:22:12 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: SeekAndFind

As we enter the new dark ages the moon landing will soon be forgotten.


20 posted on 07/21/2012 2:38:51 PM PDT by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thank you for reminding me...
It was a wonderful time, wasn’t it!


21 posted on 07/21/2012 2:53:02 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: murron; SeekAndFind

The actual date was July 20, 1969, my Mom’s 45th birthday, celebrated in front of the TV.


22 posted on 07/21/2012 2:57:38 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: left that other site

It was! Once in a while I like to go back to the streaming audio of the Apollo 11 descent. All three of that crew were born in 1925 I think, there’s something to that “greatest generation” stuff. :’)

If Von Braun hadn’t been held back by Eisenhower, the US would have orbited a satellite a year earlier than Sputnik, and would have had humans in space first, and would have been on the Moon perhaps by 1966 instead of 1969 (Von Braun built the F1 engine for the DoD to enable the missile delivery of the Teller H-bomb; a better design followed, and that million+ pound engine wasn’t needed for the H-bomb; Von Braun managed to drag it along behind him into the civilian space program; he didn’t get to green-light the all-cryo engines — the J2 — until JFK laid down the gauntlet), and would have been able to build an Apollo-based human mission to Mars during the early 1970s. By 1980 the US would have had permanent lunar colonies (rotating staff in and out of course) and somewhat regular human missions to Mars, as well as a US (not “international”) space station (or more than one).


23 posted on 07/21/2012 3:26:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

remember this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEJ9HrZq7Ro


24 posted on 07/21/2012 3:49:01 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: Inspector Harry Callahan

I wish Inspector Harry Callahan was still around to give us his theories about the moon landing being fake.


25 posted on 07/21/2012 3:56:09 PM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: OwenKellogg; Inspector Harry Callahan

For the record, Inspector Harry Callahan posted twice in August 2011 after being completely silent since 2003!

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:inspectorharrycallah/index?tab=comments;brevity=full;options=no-change

Hopefully, he’ll make it back to regular posting!


26 posted on 07/21/2012 4:01:30 PM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: HarryCallahan
Good afternoon Harry. Long time no post to.

You do remember me. I know you do. So here goes again...

I was at the launch. I saw the astronauts get into the capsule. I watched it blast off. You know, as well as I do Ivan was reading the telemetry. Ivan would have said something if the lunar module didn't land on the moon.

Give it up guy. You remind me of...no, I'm not going to insult you today.

5.56mm

27 posted on 07/21/2012 4:07:55 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: SeekAndFind

A bunch of us were staying at a friends house while they were out of town, B&E, but since the son gave us permission, no charges. Anyway, we did some good old Timothy Leary and watched the men on the moon......drug their TV outside so we could watch it too. What a blast! Great memories, we still laugh about it.


28 posted on 07/21/2012 4:17:59 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: Celtic Cross
We didn't do that. Somebody else did.

/commie mudslime pig speak

29 posted on 07/21/2012 4:19:24 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: left that other site

Yes I do, although I’ve not heard it in years. He was (as one of the reviews said on the back of one of the albums) “occasionally amusing”.


30 posted on 07/21/2012 4:54:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: M Kehoe

:’) Well put.


31 posted on 07/21/2012 4:59:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

The last line of the song was quite interesting, I thought.


32 posted on 07/21/2012 6:07:56 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: left that other site

It was snarky, like the bulk of Lehrer’s material. My favorite is “National Brotherhood Week”, and “New Math”.


33 posted on 07/21/2012 6:45:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

National Brotherhood Week! LOL!


34 posted on 07/21/2012 6:47:37 PM PDT by left that other site
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