Not another Michael Jackson story, but rather a post to honor today being the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic first steps on the moon.
Here is a nice recap:
NASA has just released brand new restored videos showing the historic moments. Here is a little “before and after” from the cleanup process…
I still get a chill thinking about what it took to pull this off, and what we as a species can accomplish if we put out hearts and minds to something. I don’t know too many other milestones in science and history that give me such a thrill as the Apollo moon landing.
When I was very young and people asked me “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would typically answer by saying “an astronaut.” The notion of going to the moon and beyond… exploring the “final frontier” truly excited me. Then reality set in, and I realized the path to this career required me to be an Air Force pilot in prime physical shape with a degree in engineering. So I quickly moved on and became a hard core Sci-Fi fan instead; making a living developing interactive worlds filled with space travelers, superheroes, strange creatures and more.
I credit Buzz and Lance for inspiring me as a kid to dream big. There is something about the Apollo missions that make us want to push harder and accomplish more. The images captured of our tiny planet Earth as seen from space really puts things into perspective the way few images ever have.
And finally, for something I thought was a funny way to express just how remarkable this event truly was (and forever will be), here’s another tribute to our moon landing.
Warning: Not Suitable For Work (NSFW), or for those easily offended.