Apollo 11, forty years later

A close-up view of astronaut Buzz Aldrin's bootprint in the lunar soil.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin's bootprint in the lunar soil.

Today the world marks the fortieth anniversary of one of mankind’s most amazing feats ever – the 1969 moon landing of Apollo 11. For the bare bones on the mission, I suggest Wikipedia and NASA as great places to start, and there are quite a few terrific books about the moon program – including the science, engineering, and politics of the space race.

I grew up steeped in the lore of these brave pioneers, and I am amazed how little thought is given today to their accomplishments and bravery. I will not try to put into words my sadness and frustration over the fact that people have not been on the moon since Apollo 17’s departure, but perhaps my children will see the day when such flights resume and become, hopefully, routine.

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