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Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary


JazzGal

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50 years ago today, three men (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins) launched on a Saturn V rocket to the Moon, about to make history and go where no one had gone before. #Apollo50th

I was 9 at the time and remember some of the excitement. I remember looking up at the moon and being amazed that there were two people up there. I've been watching and reading about it for the past couple of weeks, and it was a remarkable thing.

Since most of you weren't alive at the time, I'm wondering what the younger generations think about this event. Since you grew up always knowing that man had been to the moon (unless you are a conspiracy theorist), does this week matter much to you?

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I wish we hadn't stopped going, or going further.

I hope I live to see the day a person goes to Mars.
 

moevillini

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50 years ago today, three men (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins) launched on a Saturn V rocket to the Moon, about to make history and go where no one had gone before. #Apollo50th

I was 9 at the time and remember some of the excitement. I remember looking up at the moon and being amazed that there were two people up there. I've been watching and reading about it for the past couple of weeks, and it was a remarkable thing....

I'm one of those definitely old enough to remember - like you, JG, I went outside and looked up at the moon full of wonder that there were actually people up there.

As I recall, it was also the summer of either a 7-year or 14-year cicada invasion in Chicago - with lots of noise from the buzzing cicadas and lots of cicadas casings on the ground
 

Red

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I remember too. I was in the attic apartment of my closest friend at the time, and he had a small black and white TV. I remember Nixon coming on to talk with them. I probably had a wisecrack at that point. Haha. And I was in college, and we were living in heady times. Those we're the days.
 

One Brow

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We were still in Davenport, in an old house that had belonged to my great-grandfather. We all sat around a black-and-white TV to watch.
 

Red

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I've been watching and reading about it for the past couple of weeks, and it was a remarkable thing.

My wife and I watched the PBS recreation of the Apollo 11 mission last night. They did an excellent job, using the original audio, some original scenes from the moon, and recreating the perspective of the astronauts around that "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".
 

babe

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I wish we hadn't stopped going, or going further.

I hope I live to see the day a person goes to Mars.

ah.... the perfect spot to plant my "gift".....

Is it a conspiracy to question, or a conspiracy to assert, any claim.

For one thing.... We have plenty of Lithium, Titanium and Aluminum and Magnesium...… here on earth, enough to last us a few thousand years in not hundreds of thousands of years.

I'd guess the Moon isn't exactly a gold mine.

And there probably is less nuclear resources there (lighter element-enriched material.

precious little oil, almost no water..... no human need. So why bother going there.

yah, if we could produce these metals there, "on our way" to Mars, we would use up far less precious Earth energy....

I was maybe 18 when the Moon shot was released. My father was involved.... employed....in the event. Well, in an industry that was essential to the effort. A brother has been forever in the rocket industry.

But hey..... there is the Van Allen radiation belt, and there was little thermal insulation in the design.... and today the new designs are really focusing on insulation.

No question we built rockets and space capsules and recovered them at sea. It is claimed the shot required a particular exit from earth's atmosphere to minimize the time and severity of the Van Allen radiation exposure. Bet it wasn't "just easy" to do.

But no question there was the element of political hype in the show.....after all the expense, after all the work. There just had to be a success for America. And.... hey.... our film industry can really do anything we ask of them......

Looking at the available pictures, and knowing the issues of launching a rocket from anywhere, I just can't swallow the claim that we landed and could still take off again. There has to be more to the story.

And then, there's this dry lake bed in absolute isolation from everywhere, that sorta looks like the moonscape...…. and, no matter where the involved people were, or what their jobs were..... they were all "seeing" it on a TV screen.

Probably only took oh 15 people to make the movie. And only three who knew what they were doing.

gotcha, Game.
 
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Zombie

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ah.... the perfect spot to plant my "gift".....

Is it a conspiracy to question, or a conspiracy to assert, any claim.

For one thing.... We have plenty of Lithium, Titanium and Aluminum and Magnesium...… here on earth, enough to last us a few thousand years in not hundreds of thousands of years.

I'd guess the Moon isn't exactly a gold mine.

And there probably is less nuclear resources there (lighter element-enriched material.

precious little oil, almost no water..... no human need. So why bother going there.

yah, if we could produce these metals there, "on our way" to Mars, we would use up far less precious Earth energy....

I was maybe 18 when the Moon shot was released. My father was involved.... employed....in the event. Well, in an industry that was essential to the effort. A brother has been forever in the rocket industry.

But hey..... there is the Van Allen radiation belt, and there was little thermal insulation in the design.... and today the new designs are really focusing on insulation.

No question we built rockets and space capsules and recovered them at sea. It is claimed the shot required a particular exit from earth's atmosphere to minimize the time and severity of the Van Allen radiation exposure. Bet it wasn't "just easy" to do.

But no question there was the element of political hype in the show.....after all the expense, after all the work. There just had to be a success for America. And.... hey.... our film industry can really do anything we ask of them......

Looking at the available pictures, and knowing the issues of launching a rocket from anywhere, I just can't swallow the claim that we landed and could still take off again. There has to be more to the story.

And then, there's this dry lake bed in absolute isolation from everywhere, that sorta looks like the moonscape...…. and, no matter where the involved people were, or what their jobs were..... they were all "seeing" it on a TV screen.

Probably only took oh 15 people to make the movie. And only three who knew what they were doing.

gotcha, Game.
Someone get Buzz Aldrin down here to kick this dudes ***.
 

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