The Eagle Has Landed

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    Considered the greatest technological achievement in history, thirty-six years ago today, 20 July 1969, man first set foot on the moon.

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    Still boggles one's mind to think of that event. I remember so clearly the entire family getting up in the middle of the night to watch the landing on TV. We peeped out the window to see if lights were on at all the other neighborhood houses, and they were, of course.
     
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    What happened to us? Where did the spirit of exploration go? Above is a photo of Gene Cernan, the last man on the moon, December 1972, thirty-two years ago. What happened to us? Was it merely Nixon's NASA budget cuts, or did something in the American character fade? By the time the Shuttle is launched next week, it will have been grounded for more than 2 years. The exploration of space is inherently dangerous; it will never be safe, no matter how long the Shuttle is grounded, no matter how many bureaucrats interfere. Get on with it!
     
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    It's facinating but why? Is the expense really justified?
     
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    Vietnam, Watergate, liberalism, Jimmy Carter. Yes, something of the American character faded. Elements of American society have started to make a comeback over the last two decades or so, but huge blocks of our country continue to resist anything that smacks of greatness.

    The expense is minimal.

    NASA gets some $16b per annum.

    By way of comparison the Dept. of Ed. gets about $72b.

    I'd be willing to bet that all the R&D NASA does, and has done, far exceeds any and every accomplishment the Dept. of Ed. has ever had.
     
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    Fill me in here- has the Dept. of Education
    ever accomplished anything?!
     
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    I can't think of anything.


    Wait, now that I think of it, they did manage to waste alot of money......
     
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    Cmon---they keep most of the kids off the streets for awhile and give em a good place to sleep during the day.
     
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    "The Eagle Has Landed".

    That phrase still gives me goose bumps!

    The tension was high with less than 60 seconds of fuel remaining when they touched down!
    I was glued to the TV, armed with my Kodak instamatic camera and a tape recorder.
    I still have the black and white photos and tape of that day (somewhere).

    When I think back on it I have the same awe I did then. What an accomplishment!
    Then there was Apollo 13, just as much of an accomplishment if not greater.
    Working with ground personnel and their own ingenuity they did what was pretty much impossible.

    BTW..NOVA has done some fantastic documentaries on the Apollo program that I would highly recommend.
    The movie "Appolo 13" was also quite accuate..for hollywood.
     

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