Tuesday, July 14, 2009
TO THE MOON, ALICE!
It seemed that when Apollo 11 headed off to the distant moon, a little bit of every American went with them. Some took it more literally than others. One fellow sent a letter to NASA, dated July 9, 1969, with a poem for Armstrong to read when stepping onto the lunar surface. Setting aside its tardiness (if NASA had been in the business of deciding those first words, rather than Armstrong, committees would have been meeting over the issue since 1961!), it was a bit on the long side. And given that he may have flubbed his first line (the debate rages on about "A man" vs. "man"), four paragraphs might have been a bit much.
On the other hand, the good Citizen in question might have had a future at Hallmark...
It's Apollo anniversary frenzy week! Time to get those plans solidified! Mine include two speaking engagements at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on July 18th. I was lucky to get them; slots are few at this late date. For anyone interested, the talks are at 2PM and 5PM, and are free.
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE, CIRCA 1969
Welcome to the Missions to the Moon book blog. This is a place to re-live the heady days of the Apollo and Soyuz lunar programs- perhaps the crowning achievements of the 20th Century. Many blog entries will include a new downloadable image or artifact from the space age- items rarely seen and not available in print. It's all in the spirit of my newest book, Missions to the Moon- to remember the great adventure of the Golden Age of space exploration, and ponder what wonders await us in space.
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