Forty years ago today, on July 20, 1969, two men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed on the moon and walked on its surface. It was an historic event, the crowning achievement of space travel to date, and produced one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century.
Other visits were made since, but none in the past 30 years. Apparently, there are no compelling reasons — at this time — to return.
Still, it was and continues to be a memorable event. As with many events of great historic significance, people tend to remember where they were, what they were doing when, or how they heard about it.
For me, other such events of such monumental proportions were not happy ones or joyous occasions, such as the assassinations of JFK and Dr King or the terrorist attacks on September 11.
Do you remember where you were when you heard about or saw man’s first step on the moon?
Although Neil Armstrong was and is the focal point of attention with his “one small step,” there were countless others how worked to make the “giant leap for mankind” happen.
Today we can salute them all as we remember with awe the great feat that was accomplished.
Wordsmith Peter DeHaan is a magazine publisher by day and a writer by night. Visit peterdehaan.com to receive his newsletter, read his blog, or connect on social media.