July 20th, 1969 – Mankind walks on the surface of the moon. Ever since I was a kid, I’d been interested in aviation, in space exploration and everything goes with it. The thought to me that we could literally put human beings into space and onto the moon was at various times the coolest thing ever.
Despite all the crazy conspiracy nuts and others who deny the moon landing, the legacy of the Apollo 11 crew has remained intact for almost 40 years. With our gradual slide away from acknowledging American heroes, it is imperative in the coming years that we do not forget, nor allow our children to forget the names and the feats that were performed by the entire Apollo crews.
Men like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins should not be forgotten. Nor should the pioneers of aviation that made the Apollo missions possible. Without the contributions of Chuck Yeager, John Glenn, and Michael Adams to just name a few, the tremendous feat that was performed on July 20th would not have been possible.
It is my great, optimistic hope that in my lifetime, I’ll get to see the first permanent human installation on the moon.