On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon’s surface and collected dirt and rocks to bring back to earth while Michael Collins remained in orbit in the mother ship. If you weren’t alive at the time, think about that for a minute. The event is called, “…the single greatest technological achievement of all time.”
When Neil Armstrong said, “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”, I was sitting in my sister’s house with a bunch of her friends listening on the radio (there was no TV in her house). We all got teary eyed for the fact the guys made it there safely and we could hear them talking. It was that big of an accomplishment for our country and for man.
Lots of items, or advanced technology have come from the space program, including; light-emitting diodes (LED’s), infrared ear thermometers, better artificial limbs, anti-icing systems, improved radial tires, fire-fighting gear, temper foam, enriched baby food, portable cordless vacuums, freeze dried food, water purification systems, solar energy, better software and more.
Today, one might ask what the point of walking on the moon was. I’m not sure I can answer that, but all the technological advances and national euphoria that resulted from it made it worthwhile. On a more intimate level–I don’t know anyone who isn’t enamored with the moon. I love to look at the shadows that splay across our back yard when there is snow on the ground and a full moon shinning through the leafless tree limbs.