Apollo 11: Celebrating 50 Years

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    Apollo 11: Celebrating 50 Years

    On July 16, 1969 at 9:32am EST, Apollo 11 launched what would end up being the first moon walk in our nation's history. What do you remember about those days?

    I'm super jealous I wasn't alive when it happened, and I wish they would go again.
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    Watched a special on PBS' American Experience about this on Sunday. They're doing another Wednesday night in which they're going to use archival video with the actual radio transmissions between the Apollo crew and Houston control to try and demonstrate the moon landing in real time.

    And for those interested, HBO did an update to their old "From the Earth to the Moon" series with all-new digital effects.

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    I don't remember it, but I had Apollo coloring books and rocket toys like crazy.

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    I turned 10 on July 18. I remember huddling in front of the television with the family.

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    My dad was 14 years old and at camp. He said they gathered up the 200 or 300 scouts, whatever it was, and had them all huddled up around a tiny TV set in the dining hall.

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    Probably the coolest event I can remember. Watched on tv at my great aunt and uncle’s house in Boynton Beach, FL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcpapa View Post
    Probably the coolest event I can remember. Watched on tv at my great aunt and uncle’s house in Boynton Beach, FL.
    Pointy stick, fire, wheel, electricity, man on the moon...man you've seen it all!

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    Was 10 at the time, was lucky to work on the Space shuttle for a few years in the early 80s and got to meet many of the great men that made it all happened. memories i will never forget.

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    I was 9 at the time watching with my parents.

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    My dad was huge into the space program. He would huddle us all around the TV for every launch.

    I was 7 and watched this one with my mom, dad, brother, and sister at our home in Sandusky.

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    Following the space program as a kid from Mercury to Apollo was one of my good childhood memories. Watching the Saturn 5 rocket launch and eventual moon landing on a little black and white TV was really something special at the time and as a kid I felt proud. The only disappointment was that President Kennedy was not around to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlDog75 View Post
    Following the space program as a kid from Mercury to Apollo was one of my good childhood memories. Watching the Saturn 5 rocket launch and eventual moon landing on a little black and white TV was really something special at the time and as a kid I felt proud. The only disappointment was that President Kennedy was not around to see it.
    When the USSR put their Sputnik satellite into orbit somewhere around 1957-8, I think it was, it really got the USA moving in its space program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    When the USSR put their Sputnik satellite into orbit somewhere around 1957-8, I think it was, it really got the USA moving in its space program.
    Yep, competition is always good.

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    I remember watching Neal Armstrong take those first steps on the moon. Watched it with my grandmother on our first color TV...one of those huge console models.

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