Saturday, July 20, 2013

Once, There Were Giants

44 Years Ago
Armstrong - Collins - Aldrin

Apollo 11 is Airborne atop it's Saturn V Rocket
The Trip
In Lunar Orbit
The Eagle is Away!
Mike Maintains His Lonely Vigil as Neil and Buzz "Sail" to Glory
The Eagle Has Landed
Buzz on the Moon
Rendering Honors
The Eagle Returns
The Recovery Ship - USS Hornet CV-8
Home, Almost
Hornet Plus Three
The Triumph

Michael Collins is a former American astronaut and test pilot. Selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew into space twice.
Born: October 31, 1930, Rome, Italy
Space missions: Gemini 10, Apollo 11

Edwin "Buzz" Eugene Aldrin Jr. is a former American astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history.
Born: January 20, 1930, Glen Ridge, NJ
Space missions: Gemini 12, Apollo 11

Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor.
Born: August 5, 1930, Wapakoneta, OH
Died: August 25, 2012, Cincinnati, OH
Space missions: Gemini 8, Apollo 11

In Later Years
Collins - Armstrong - Aldrin

Once, on the third planet orbiting an average star...

There were giants...


  1. I still remember watching that grainy B&W footage of the landing. I mentioned before I was in Nippon and watched it on NHK in an after-hours bar.

    In re: The Triumph Ummm, no. That's a Chrysler.

    1. Choke, cough, gasp, spit

      Don't do that when I've a beverage in hand!

      (Well played, Buck. Well played.)

  2. My family was much involved in the space program.
    Mother and step-father both worked for RCA, a prime contractor.
    Wrote of this in my blog:

    1. That was a great story!

      Letting all that brainpower and talent vanish when NASA's budget was cut, terrible.

      Penny wise and pound foolish!

      (And 2009 was before I discovered the blogosphere. Man was I living in the Stone Age!)

  3. Back when men were men and the space program was something other than a touchy feely outreach to build the self esteem of some ethnic or religious group.

    1. The entire government has gone to Hell in a handbasket! (Just hope they don't drag the rest of us down with them!)

  4. Was watching on B&W TV in the lounge of the Columbia Club USAF O-Club on London's Bayswater road (but fronting on a side street) and down the street from the 200+ yr-old "The Swan" pub and hence Lancaster Gate Tube Station) watching @0430 after a night out on the town, iirc....wonder if the Chinese will take down the flag and plant theirs? Any takers? in :"Does the sun rise in the east?"

    Ain't leftist "progress" wonderful?

  5. Sadly, we could not do in ten years that which we set out to do ten years before the first moon landing. We've regressed that badly. I weep for my country.

  6. I was working the midnight trick for a little bohunk police department. They had a small B&W TV in the dispatch room and every road cop was in the place. Shit, the town could have been picked clean while we watched in amazement.

    I agree Murph,

    The past was about achieving, doing the impossible and being the best in the world. I'm 71 and I remember that era well.

    Today it's all about Liberal, PC, nanny State Bullshit!


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