Communion Of Dreams


Where were you?
July 20, 2008, 12:46 pm
Filed under: Apollo program, Astronomy, Buzz Aldrin, NASA, Neil Armstrong, Science, Society, Space

Do you recognize these words?

“HOUSTON, TRANQUILITY BASE HERE.
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED.”

Of course you do. That’s the transmission sent to NASA Mission Control from the Moon on this date in 1969.

I was at a Boy Scout camp outside of St. Louis when it happened. That night, we all sat around a big firepit, and tried to watch a small black and white portable television with bad reception as Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) E. Aldrin, Jr. made the first human steps onto the Lunar surface and spoke these words (links to audio file on Wikipedia):

“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”

And the world was changed forever.

So, where were you?

Jim Downey

(Cross posted to UTI.)

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At an Italian beach resort called Lido de Jesolo, celebrating with other Americans-mostly GI buddies. As the landing was late evening in Europe, we saw the actual step-off was early morning. Oddly enough my mother’s husband was working for NASA in Spain at the time and was at work that night and, along with his coworkers, got to see them before the rest of the world.

Comment by GvonR

There are times I hate you, Jerry.

Jim D.

Comment by Communion of Dreams

Unlike some young whippersnappers, I was born at the time, but not old enough to stay up that late. However, I remember (vaguely) my mother coming in to wake me up and carry me into the living room to see what was happening. Or maybe it was a neighbor’s living room. I don’t remember watching television until many years later so we may not have owned one, and went next door. We were living in Texas at the time and my father was in the Air Force, so he knew some of the astronauts. I think, though, that any memory I have of the actual broadcast is based more on my reviewings since that night.

Comment by ML

Asleep–my parents knew it was useless to wake me (although they did wake my older sister, who was annoyed at being woken up and stubbornly kept her eyes shut the whole time). Or otherwise oblivious. I do remember the return to earth because we had to rush back from a picnic so my Mom could watch something boring on tv.

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