50 Years Ago: The First Lunar Landing

IMG_1603.JPGSpace travel is one filled with wonders that only a few people around the world have had the privilege of enjoying. Fifty years go the the first lunar landing happened when Neil Armstrong stepped off the Apollo 11 lunar module with Buzz Aldrin following. Above them Michael Collins orbited above them in the command module. Below them, millions cheered as Mission Control took a sigh of relief, celebration, and tears as they realized their goal was completed.

The journey to the Moon was not an easy one. There were many people who made sacrifices and put time and energy into making the historic moment on the moon happen. There were many people who doubted we could put a man on the moon. There were many accidents, tests, and near-misses that lead many people to doubt the mission of NASA. Never the less, the astronauts and thousands of people persisted to make their way to the Moon.

IMG_1616.JPGThere is nothing like watching a historic moment that generations will talk about over and over again. I wasn’t alive back in 1969 to watch the historic moment Neil Armstrong said,”That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for man kind.” But, they have been heard throughout time inspiring generations to explore what is out there beyond Earth.

This whole week television stations, newspapers, and ceremonies went on to honor the Apollo 11 astronauts. The journey to the Moon happened to the delight of people around the world. The Moon landing is one that won’t be forgotten as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins go down in history. But, not forgetting those on the ground who ensured they made it to and from safely.