Monday, July 20, 2009

40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Today is the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11. I remember watching this historic event on TV. It was July of 1969 and probably most of you ...weren't yet born! I guess I'm showing my age but I was in high school at the time.

I grew up in Lindenhurst and our house was old. It was situated across the street from the canal that led to the Great South Bay on Long Island. Many clam boats were docked within sight of my bedroom window. There was a hatch that opened to our roof and we used to climb the ladder and sit on the roof. We were told it was built that way so the fishermen's wives could watch for their return. As a kid, I used to love to lie there and look at the stars. I'd try to pick out the patterns in the wondrous sky and was amazed.

( My brother and me in front of our house)

Little did I know that another young man who lived on the opposite side of the US was also fascinated with things of space; much more so than me. My husband Greg loved all things space. He hoped to be an astronaut when he grew up. He enrolled in electrical engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The space program had some problems and he ended up switching majors but he never lost interest in space.

Years after we got married (long story in between), we were able to purchase a painting by Robert McCall. He is the famed space painter and he happens to live in Paradise Valley which is very close to where we live. The painting we purchased is a Master study oil on canvas. The final mural is displayed at the Dryden Space Center in California. It shows the history of the space program and is entitled "Celebrating One Hundred Years of Powered Flight, 1903-2003".

Greg displays it so proudly in his home office.

If you've ever been to the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum you can't help but remember the huge mural at the entrance. Robert McCall painted it along with a Russian painter. I captured a photo when I took my nieces Kristin and Katie to visit Washington DC. It's the picture I posted at the beginning of this post.

So, if you've never had the opportunity to witness the moon landing, here's a YouTube video from USA Today:


"One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." ~ Neil Armstrong, astronaut

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands." ~ Psalm 19:1, God's Word

8 comments:

  1. Great story. I wasn't in high school yet, but just a couple of years away from it. We didn't have a tv so our family went to a friends house. All the kids were sitting on the floor watching. I can remember it very clearly all these years later - 40 of them! Your post brought back a lot of memories.

    I've been at Bible camp and engaged in other things for a while. Good to be back and visiting blogs again. Hope your summer is going well.

    wb

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  2. Sometimes, I run early in the mornings just before daylight.

    I love seeing the stars and the moon.

    I sing a song based on the verse that you end today's post with:

    The heaven's declare You are glorious...glorious.

    And He is so glorious!

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  3. This made me tear up for some reason. I was four years old and have faint memories of this event, I remember more clearly my step-father taking me to go see the lunar module on display after the fact. We waited in what seemed like a very long line to get up close enough to look in.

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  4. Debbie,

    This is precious. I love the photo of you and your brother.

    Blessings to you, sweet friend.

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  5. Oh, I love the photo of you and your brother!

    This was one of my oldest daughter's favorite facts...that she was born on this day July 20th (1983) and that it was the Apollo landing :o)

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  6. Dear Debbie,
    who can ever forget those magic days.
    My brother (18) and I (19) were in London on those magic moments.
    First time abroad on my one, almost.
    We went between Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus in semi-dark when the news on the wall spelled Man On The Moon.
    The streets were covered with happy people who knew they had witnessed a historic moment.
    On our way down to the hotel the news paper boys yelled out the fresh news:" Man On The Moon"over and over again.
    Trafalgar Square had a big TV screen, but we were at Piccadilly Circus the actual moment.

    How young and fresh and promising life was!
    I seem to remember that one of the astronauts (Armstrong again? read the first stanzas from the Bible:"In the beginning God created Heaven and Earth."

    That would probably never have been done today.

    So sweet that you found a husband to share your interests and love with.
    From felisol

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  7. Great post. I remember this day so well. I was 10 years old and at church camp. All the campers and faculty were crammed in the chapel around a small black and white tv. Interesting how easy even the ordinary events of this day are to remember for so many people. Today these wonders happen so often they are hardly even noticed.

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