Monday, July 20, 2009
Man on the moon
It's hard for me to believe it was 40 years ago that my family gathered around our black-and- white TV set at Nantasket Beach (where we spent the summers) and watched real footage of astronauts walking on the moon. I remember it very clearly. I was 8 years old.
I remember poring over maps of the moon's surface, knowing what a LEM was, thinking that astronauts were heroes. And they were.
The space program, frankly, hasn't been as exciting since then. There have been other lunar missions, the development of the Space Shuttle, and several famous and tragic crashes, but nothing as exciting as watching Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon.
P.S. Here are some great photos courtesy of the Boston Globe.