July 20, 1969: Moon Landing 40th Anniversary — Where were you?
Forty years ago today, July 20th, humankind achieved a moon landing as American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins landed the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969."That's one small step for man one giant leap for mankind".
Did you know that the Apollo 11 had no outside door handle? The astronauts had to practice not locking the door for the lunar landing, as AAA does not send technicians to the moon.
Technology has advanced quite a bit since then, but humans have never been back to the moon.
The International Space Station has scheduled a spacewalk for today in commemoration of the historic moon landing, during which astronauts Dave Wolf and Tom Marshburn will set up some antennae, and, well, walk in space. Those of us here on Earth can relive the moment (or experience it for the first time via the real-time interactive project We Choose the Moon.
Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?
Ernst Both, then an astronomer at the Buffalo Science Museum, was in Ocean City, N. J., watching the broadcast at a neighbor’s house because his vacation home didn’t have telephone or television service.
Rita LoTempio was in a delivery room at Sisters Hospital, hours away from giving birth.
Jacek Wysocki was glued to the TV, though he had to get up early the next day to take the New York State bar exam.
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