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"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"

Original post made by P-Towner on Jul 20, 2009

Forty Years ago today, at 1:17:40 pm PDT, the Eagle landed at Tranquility Base, Moon. Several hours later, Neil Armstrong became the first human to ever walk on another celestial body. Just after he made that first step on the moon, he said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind".

Comments (2)

Posted by Laura, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I have fond memories of that event. It was the middle of the night in Michigan but my mom let me stay up to watch the moon walk because I had been so fascinated with the space program.
She served me my first cup of tea-with milk because she thought it was pretty scandalous to keep a twelve year old up with stimulants-and we snuggled on the couch awestruck by what unfolded on our 20 inch black and white Philco TV set.
A truly magical night.


Posted by NASA Fan, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 21, 2009 at 11:34 am

I am a Pleasanton resident - born and raised, K-12 education. Here is a link to NASA's new manned spaceflight efforts, which I am currently working on.

Web Link

This is intended to replace the Space Shuttle, which will be retired after 7 more launches, most likely at the end of 2015. There are some challenges for our program, many related to cost. The presidential administration has put together a panel that "will conduct an independent review of ongoing U.S. human space flight plans and programs, as well as alternatives, to ensure the nation is pursuing the best trajectory for the future of human space flight - one that is safe, innovative, affordable, and sustainable." The committee will report at the end of August.

Some people, myself included, wish we were challenging ourselves more and differentiating more from Apollo. This new program was originally supposed to go to the moon, as a stepping stone for Mars, but budget issues have made the moon become the focus for the time being.

I won't bore you with any more details. I shared this link more for the purposes of education and so people can share with their children and hopefully they will find it exciting, even if our program is cut or changed after the panel reports to the Obama administration.


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