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Old 07-19-2014, 06:41 AM   #1
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Default Apollo 11 photos: 45 years later

45 years ago on Sunday man landed on the moon. See these photos from US News and World report:

http://www.usnews.com/news/photos/20...45-years-later

As a kid growing up in Denver I had two passions: following the Broncos and the space program. I was age 13 when we landed on the moon and watched every minute of the coverage I could. As a Bronco fan I was about to enter my second season of owning season tickets (bought at $2/game in 1968 with a friend). Two months later the Broncos beat the defending Super Bowl champ NY Jets in Denver 21-19 (a game I still rate as one of the best bronco home games ever). 1969 was a good year for me.

For you old timers, where were you when we landed on the moon?
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Old 07-19-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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My dad was 10. My mom was 6.

Apparently my dad's parents bought a color TV days in advance. I love how Armstrong compared the sands of the moon to the high desert of Arizona. Amazing moment in history.
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Titan Stole my thunder.

Glad I am not the only one here interested in man's greatest achievement
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Video relevant: http://youtu.be/wptn5RE2I-k

Truly man's greatest achievement.

I suggest watching the mini series "When We Left Earth". It is the best doc series about NASA IMO.
It really helps the younger generations grasp the immense ambition of NASA in the early days, and it gives perspective of the stones of the first test pilots. It covers Gemini to the future. A must watch for space nerds, or it'll turn you into one. It's been on netflix for ages.
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Old 07-19-2014, 04:31 PM   #5
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I was less than a year old living in SoCal taking my own... first... sandy... beach... steps... for... all... incredibly adorably... baby... kind!
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The first moonwalk is one of my earliest memories. I had just turned five. My dad got me out of bed and deposited me in front of the TV just before Neil came down the ladder. Dad said, "When you're older you'll remember this and be glad you saw it." He was right.
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The family was at my grand parents home watching it together, I was 9 and still remember it well. Man's greatest achievement.
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:36 PM   #8
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I was 4, might have been living in Cheyenne, or possibly Virginia, but I don't remember. Military kid, so we moved a lot.
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I was random carbon and polypeptides find their way through space and time against the forces of entropy to coalesce in my dad's ballsack.
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I was random carbon and polypeptides find their way through space and time against the forces of entropy to coalesce in my dad's ballsack.
Ditto
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Here's a random true story.

In 1963 Gaylord Perry said they'll put a man on the moon before he hits a home run. In 1964 manager Alvin Dark told reporters they'll put a man on the moon before Perry hits a home run.

Perry hits his first home run 25 minutes after man walked on the moon. July 20 1969.
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fyi, we landed on the moon.



http://www.google.com/moon/
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It's crazy that I think this was in the 60's and so was "long" ago. But it was really only 11 years before I was born.

Fun fact: 45 years later there are more nations that may be able to send people the Moon than ever before, but the Chiefs are still really far away from getting to a SB again.
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We landed on the moon?!

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The first moonwalk is one of my earliest memories. I had just turned five. My dad got me out of bed and deposited me in front of the TV just before Neil came down the ladder. Dad said, "When you're older you'll remember this and be glad you saw it." He was right.
Same here. Dad was home on leave and it was a big deal. The first, and one of the only times in my youth I saw my father shed tears.
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I'm surprised one of our resident conspiracy theorists hasn't posted something refuting it happened yet...
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I'm surprised one of our resident conspiracy theorists hasn't posted something refuting it happened yet...
Pretty much killed the consperacy theorists when we now have telescope imagery that can clearly show the landing sites and the leftover materials.
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My younger sister, age 5 at the time, was dancing in front of the TV during Armstrong's walk and we told her to stop it. She was oblivious to the historic moment, obviously. Glad I was old enough to appreciate it.

An excellent book on the moon mission and the Apollo program is A Man On The Moon by Andrew Chaikin
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I was 9, and parked on the floor in front of my parents B&W TV, completely mesmerized. I can remember it like it was yesterday (as I can the Apollo 13 mission, and not from the movie).

Nine years later, I enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, where Neil Armstrong was a professor. He was incredibly modest about the achievement, a true gentleman. RIP Neil Armstrong.
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Pretty awesome effects for a Hollywood studio back then!
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RIP Bert Cooper.
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My younger sister, age 5 at the time, was dancing in front of the TV during Armstrong's walk and we told her to stop it. She was oblivious to the historic moment, obviously. Glad I was old enough to appreciate it.

An excellent book on the moon mission and the Apollo program is A Man On The Moon by Andrew Chaikin
How dare you not even mention "Failure is not an Option", I liked Moon Lander, Tracking Apollo to the Moon, Failure gives a well rounded account of how Gene built and managed the project that were (part of ) Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. The other books cover the systems that got them there and back. Sy Libergot's Apollo EECOM and Gunther Wendt's "The Unbroken Chain" are great behind the desk accounts of actual jobs at both Houston (Sy's EECOM desk) and Kennedy (Gunther).

I am not a fan of Astronaut bio's or accounts but the 2 best are Apollo 13 by Lovell/Kruger and Mike Collin's "Carrying the Fire".

Mike Collins stayed in Columbia during Apollo 11 and he never set foot on the moon but his account was spectacular and a great read. Mike gave the best detail about the training, the preflight/flight experience as well as what it was like to be alone circling the moon for a day wondering if he would ever have to return to the Earth alone, without Neil and Buzz. Very gripping read.

Everyone should read at least one of these books and ask why we have no great goals set for our kids or future generations.
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I was 9, and parked on the floor in front of my parents B&W TV, completely mesmerized. I can remember it like it was yesterday (as I can the Apollo 13 mission, and not from the movie).

Nine years later, I enrolled at the University of Cincinnati, where Neil Armstrong was a professor. He was incredibly modest about the achievement, a true gentleman. RIP Neil Armstrong.
It is awesome that you were at U of C. It is amazing that Neil shied away from the public and wanted a quiet life for himself, he could have been a media hound.

There is a great account of Neil when he was flying X-15's in Milt Thompson's book about the X-15 program "At the Edge of Space", Neil wrote the forward. Apparently Neil was always like that, just happy to be on his own.
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Just saw this today: Nixon's speech if Armstrong & Aldrin had died on the moon
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Check this out if your not old enough to have seen the landing live.

http://www.firstmenonthemoon.com/

It gives the MOCR loops (Air to Ground and Flight Director) synced to video and the orientation of the lander as well as pictures of who is talking at the time. It even shows where the guys at the MOCR were sitting!

Great project, wish they would do this for Apollo 13.
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