Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins July 16, 2009Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.
Tags: Apollo 11
Is our heroic age behind us? Yes we still send brave men and women into space and marvel at the tiny robots that wander the surface of Mars but somewhere along the road the glory leaked away. Today our famous dreamers give us Twitter and call themselves geniuses for creating the phone that doubles as an ocarina. Once not long ago, in our living memory (in my living memory) men equipped only with slide rules and adding machines and their own brilliant minds built machines of unimaginable power to carry us to the stars.
Perhaps I just grow old to be misty eyed and a bit sad (as I regard what pass for heroes on the news today) when I recall three smiling, mortal men climbing into the tiny capsule perched atop millions of pounds of explosive fuel and pointing themselves at the sky.
And they go.