T-10, 9, 8, (Ignition Sequence Started), 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, (All engines running), 2, 1...Liftoff!
Fifty years ago today humans first walked on the surface of the moon! I am a child of the Space Age, and have always been fascinated by rockets. The Saturn V is by far my favorite one, still the most powerful machine ever built by human hands, using more fuel in 1/10th of a second than Lindbergh used to cross the Atlantic. It developed more than 7.5 million pounds of thrust, and went to the moon seven times. The Saturn V was used to launch America's first space station in one launch!
On July 20, 1969, I was sitting in the living room of my parent's house watching history unfold, listening intently for each remark made by a commentator, each broadcast from the astronauts, and breathlessly watching Eagle as it landed on the moon's surface. Seeing tv pictures over the next few days of the crew on the moon seemed a bit surreal. Watching the crew dig moon rocks to take back to earth was interesting. What I didn't know was that the shovels were designed by the Ames Shovel and Tool Company for the Apollo program! A bit of Easton's heritage made it to the moon. And like the rest of us, it sure was a good feeling to see the lunar module get off the moon and watch those brave men splashdown a few days later, safely returned to Earth.
When I attended Center School, the Apollo program was front and center in the world of science. Whenever there was a launch during school, we would all gather in the common room and watch the launches on a black and white tv as the custodian tried his best to adjust the rabbit ear antennas to get the best possible picture. What a science lesson! And of course we all had to drink Tang, because that is what the astronauts drank.
As we celebrate one of the great events in human history, I would like to hear what you remember about the moon landing. Where were you when it happened? Do you know of any Easton connection to Apollo? Perhaps someone who worked for NASA or one of the many companies who worked on the project?
Summer is here in full force this weekend, so stay safe, stay cool!