Saturday, September 24, 2016

July 21st 1969 (#2794)

     An amazing thing happened on this date of July 21st, 1969 (UTC). but one day earlier, on July 20th, 1969, about 6 hours in total, another amazing thing happened. Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed the lunar module, Eagle, on the surface of the moon. America had come to it's promise and landed on the Moon. As a child/man, I was one month short of 14, I was as excited and exhilarated as anyone on the planet at that time. I have always known that the stars were the next great frontier for us to discover and explore but it was finally coming to fruition right before my eyes on that black and white television set.
     On July 21st when Neil Armstrong announced his ascent onto the surface with these words: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.". He literally and figuratively transformed our simple human race from an Earth bound species to a more complex species capable of moving off our planet and existing on another orb in space. It is as if we were elevated as a species in this one special moment. Our time has come and although it has been nearly fifty years since that step onto another "rock in the sky". Our next step will be coming in a matter of a few years, not decades any more.
     It has been for me a long wait to get past the bureaucracy of small minds more concerned with profit than knowledge but we have finally broken the dam. We have rovers on Mars, probes in space, an amazing space telescope that keeps piquing our interest all over our solar system and beyond and a continuous space station that is ready and able to assist in experiments that cannot logically be done here on Earth. We even have private companies whose purpose is to build colonies wherever feasible in our solar system. We are moving forward now and the next step taken on an orb in our solar system is not only going to be soon but it will not hesitate to continue.

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