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August 2019



“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”


50 Years Ago


At approximately 8:30 am, July 16, 1969 I was sitting in a desk in a hot summer school classroom at Barrett Elementary as I watched Apollo 11 lift off. An entire nation held its breath as Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins rode the largest, most powerful rocket every built into space. 


Having a dad that worked for 9 years between Birmingham, Redstone and the Cape as a senior engineer for a NASA contractor, (Hayes Aircraft) I had been waiting for this moment all of my life, or at least the part I could remember. 


I had built many model rockets and even flown a few by that time and having watched everything related to Apollo on TV, read every book and newspaper article that remotely spoke about the mission, I knew every phase from launch to touchdown and for the next few days I would not get much sleep or get more than 5 feet from a TV.

In our family den, on top of our color TV sat an expensive but well built and finished set of Revell and Monogram models of the Saturn V, the Command Module/Service Module and Lunar Module, complete with moonscape including 2 to scale astronauts. All of the models could be separated and reassembled to demonstrate their operation; even the legs of the LEM articulated. They later sat on my dresser for years. The sad thing is, I have no idea what happened to them. 


Until they splashed down I was in front of the TV waiting for video or reports of what they were doing on the moon and for the most part the first landing was brief. Less than 24 hours after they touched down in the Sea of Tranquility the Ascent stage lifted off.

To this day I still marvel over how well the mission went. So many parts, so much volatility, so many things that could have gone wrong but didn’t, and the U.S. had won the Space Race. 


Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin.

I hope at some point this month you will take a few moments to reflect on the entire Apollo Program and as you do, consider how far our technology has advanced since July of 1969. I recently read the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon had 1,300 times LESS processing power than an iphone5s. 

Amazing! It was, and still is, amazing!




Think about that.


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Moon Walkers


Of all of humanity that ever lived, these 12 brave Americans are the only people who have ever stepped foot on the moon.

Neil Armstrong

Buzz Aldrin

Pete Conrad

Alan Bean

Alan Shepard

Edgar Mitchell

David Scott

James Irwin

John Young

Charles Duke

Gene Cernan

Harrison Schmitt 


Still living:

Aldrin, 88

David Scott, 85

Charles Duke, 82

Harrison Schmitt, 82 




She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!


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Bones says...

"Moon walkers? That's funny, I don't see Michael Jackson's name listed."


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