Forty years ago tonight mankind first set foot on the Moon. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are tha names forever entwined with the event, but many others worked hard to make it possible. I thank each and every one involved.
The Apollo program was a defining moment in not just America’s history but also the world’s history. Not to denigrate the prior accomplishments of American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts, but those first steps taken by Armstrong marked the initial emergence of mankind as a species that would no longer be confined to just one celestial body. It often seems like we have done little to advance outward to the stars, but the dream still lives within all those who have been inspired by the images of that night.
I was not even two years old when Apollo 11 happened but did watch some of the other Moon missions on TV as a kid. And the child within me has never let go of those images and the dream of going back and pressing forward to Mars and eventually other star systems.
It is a shame that it appears no major network is looking back on this historic event tonight with any special programming. At least one cable network is marking the occasion though.
For all the conspiracists who say we never landed on the moon: The Earth is flat. Marvin the Martian landed in Roswell. The Holocaust never happened. WMDs do exist in Iraq. And you are all complete idiots!