The farther away we get from this, the more impressive it seems, and 500 years from now it will stand out like a beacon and people will marvel that any nation could have accomplished this with such primitive technology. What will also amaze is that we turned our back on this, and decided to abandon space and all it meant.

If our society does not recover from its present decline, the Apollo landings on the moon will stand as the high-water mark, the last forward momentum of hope and progress, already in 1969 being eaten up by Vietnam's poison. The last time we did something as a nation because it was visionary or inspiring; the last time we did something for the science, for the curiosity.



Lunar lander simulator Ron Monsen's accurate modeling of the final phase of lunar landing. For the flight sim fan. (Up 10/11/09; posted 10/6/02)

Listen to recordings of Apollo 11 (Up 10/11/09; posted 10/6/02)

National Air and Space Museum Apollo Page (Up 10/11/09; posted 10/6/02)

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