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Remembrance of the Moon Walk


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40 years ago tonight 3 men, pictured below were heading to the moon to attempt the first landing there which took place on July 20th, 1968. It marked the most significant event ever in human space flight as it was the first time that humans had ever stepped onto another celestial body. Beyond the 12 men who made it there and back, this is a feat that has been unmatched since.

Pictured here are Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Ed Aldrin. Once their spaceship successfully entered lunar orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin entered the lunar landing module, and landed on the moon. Armstrong was the first to exit the lander followed by Aldrin. It was also one of the very few times that people all over this planet set aside their differences, stopped what they were doing, and watched this achievement as a common shared experience.


Just this past month, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took photos of all of the landing sites. Here is the one for Apollo 11. You can see the bottom half of the LLM as it casts a shadow on the lunar surface. It's been sitting there for forty years, silently waiting for the day when people might return. I suspect that once travel there becomes much more common and routine, this might eventually be a setup as a historic site for visitors.


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