45 years ago today a thing happened. Three MEN left Earth with goal of climbing to the moon. As many did, I watched them begin their climb safely from in front of a TV here on Earth.
A few days later I also watched them put bootprints on The Moon. I was in awe, as were many. I also relished their safe return.
The other Moon missions came and went with less fanfare. BUT we had done it! YES! WE had done it as a country as well.
Some time later I had the pleasure of working with some that had supported those missions from Hawaii. We were gearing up for The first Space Shuttle launch. They had only been able to listen over the NASA loop back then, and had never seen a launch in real time. Mainland TV was delayed until later.
Later we newbies asked about how they felt. They swung the dish ON the moon to look at some experiments still there… And said WE helped to do that.
Now we depend on The Russians to carry warm bodies into orbit, etc.