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Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins July 16, 2009

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.
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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.




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1. mominem - July 17, 2009

When I was a kid my grandparents lived in Melbourne Florida, just south of “The Cape”.

We would often watch the rocket launches from the beach. Once we watched a Saturn V take off from their back yard you could clearly read the letters U S A on the side and see the tail of flame against a clear blue Florida. As is slowly rose straight up it slowly gained speed. We all silently stood and watch in awe. The house shook. We were 20 miles away.

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2. judyb - July 17, 2009

In the 40 years since man landed on the moon, we have been introduced to so much technology – a lot of it related to spinoffs from the space program – that people have become complacent when it comes to space travel.

Next time the shuttle launches, pay attention to the NASA announcer giving out details of the ascent. It’s still an incredible technological feat, launching into outer space. Not to mention some of the things that the astronauts do once they’re in space.

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/090517-sts125-hubble-spacewalk4-prep.html

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