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Where Were You 42 years Ago Today?

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A grainy picture on TV showed the first step.

I was at home in Hamilton, watching (on a black and white TV) the NASA broadcast with CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the moon, and then a few hours later, took the first steps on the moon.
It’s hard to believe that was 42 years ago. Whole generations of kids have grown up not experiencing that excitement the Apollo missions brought to the world …. for a while.
It seemed that after the first couple of trips to the Moon, the public got bored. Apollo 13 was a nail-biting rescue mission that grabbed our attention. But after Apollo 17, the final mission – Apollo 18 – was cancelled and here we are – over 40 years later – with only a dozen men having set foot on another planet.
It was a special time!
Here’s a photo from a beach on “The Cape” in Florida, in 1969 where thousands watched Apollo 11 launch 4 days earlier on one of those huge Saturn 5 rockets. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins were on that ship.
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On the beach at launchtime...1969 (NASA Photo)

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