As you may know, today marks exactly 50 years since Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Lunar soil.
It is, indeed, a monumental occasion. For so many reasons.
One of the many things that have happened as a result of this historic mission is that today, July 20th, has become National Moon Day.
So today we look back over that amazing achievement. It is, in my estimation, the Crown Jewel for NASA and quite possibly for the US.
I will never, never forget what I was doing at the moment Mr Armstrong thrilled our Nation and the world with this stellar feat of human achievement.
And it’s a very good time to just reflect on how awesome it is to have our luminous and singular moon.
And to think about space exploration and new vistas in general.
It’s ever onward and upward!
“Moondog Ben” Basile
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I did take note when Arnold Palmer passed back in September. Today the news is of another towering American icon: fighter pilot, Astronaut and former Senator John Glenn.
We boomers who came of age in the ’60s followed his every exploit and idolized this pioneering space traveler as much — quite possibly more — than any other American from that time in our history. My idols from boyhood were Mickey Mantle, Ethan Allen and John Glenn. That was my “holy trinity” of American heroes! And I stand by those choices today, though we’re many moons past the Friendship 7 mission…
John was 95 and saw — and created — so much amazing American history in his long and wonder-filled life. To read a good and thorough obit from Mr. Glenn’s hometown paper, The Columbus Dispatch, follow this link.
His wikipedia entry is also a good read for those of us who remember and loved this giant. That can be read here.
Godspeed, John Glenn.
On the list of really important stuff that you may not have been wondering about: do astronauts get to vote?
They most certainly do.
Of course, this intrepid crew member did have to take the time to request a ballot, but request it she did. And she made sure her vote got counted.
To view this very cool video about celestial balloting, just follow this link.
With both feet firmly on Terra Firma, I am,
Bulldog Ben Basile