Lest we forget: 43 years ago today Apollo 11 touched down on the moon

A thousand years from now, no one will care about the debate over Obamacare, or gun control, or Mitt Romney, or any other event or person from the last 50 years. Except the moon landing, of course. It was 43 years ago today that Apollo 11 touched down on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on its surface. Because it was the first time in human history we had accomplished the feat of traveling to another world and leaving our footprints on its face, as long as humans are writing history, Apollo 11 and Armstrong will be mentioned. There was so much we didn't know about the mission at the time; Armstrong gave himself a 50-50 chance of returning home (NASA thought the odds two out of three). The landing itself was a very near thing with the spacecraft having less than 30 seconds of fuel left before an abort would have been performed. Veteran space journalist Jay Barbree recounts the moment of Armstrong's descent to the surface of the moon: Forty-three years ago, Neil Armstrong...(Read Full Post)

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