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Subject:That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind
Time:09:14 pm
Ok, so I don't remember hearing that famous phrase. But I do have vague memories of the occasion, and a 5 year old's understanding of the significance of the event.

My dad called me into the living room. Dad was sitting on the couch, with Mom perched on the arm. They had turned the lights off. The room was illuminated by the black and white flickering of the TV in a box.  . I was amused by the astronaut that was doing the kangeroo dance. It was hard for me to believe that they were walking on the moon. Not that I was a conspiracy theorist, but I was a pretty *literal* minded little girl. I looked out the window at the moon. I did not see tiny pinpricks of men dancing on the moon. What struck me at the time as being important was the way my parents were so transfixed.

Dad retained his interest in things Space. He went through this Chariots of the Gods/Erich Von Daniken phase a few years later.  This was the guy that espoused the "ancient astronaut" theory, ie, that all cultural events that occurred in  evolving ancient history was because of visiting aliens. My mom was more skeptical, but willing to go along. After all, she was from Roswell.

My dad is no longer fascinated by aliens. But he lives on the Space Coast (think Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Merrit Island). He watches launchings from his back yard. I am sure that next week, we will be touring the Kennedy Space Center. I am looking forward to it.
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boars_heart
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Time:2009-07-21 02:58 pm (UTC)
10, I think. There was a church service that night; must have been a Wednesday? At any rate, the parsonage was just across the parking lot from the church and we watched the landing there, on their television. I'd watch for awhile, then go out and look up at the moon and just marvel. Grew up reading science fiction, and had already read lots and lots of Asimov and Bradbury and Bova and Clark by then, as well as tons of Doc Savage.

I believed in our future in space. And here it was. It was a pivotal moment in my childhood, definitely.

~B
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kymsuzann
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Time:2009-07-22 12:42 pm (UTC)
I was 4 and have the barest sliver of a memory of watching the astronaut step off the ladder onto the surface of the moon. Our tv (in a box, as you said Ramona....good descriptive) stood in the corner of the living room and if I remember correctly we sat with Mom and Dad on the floor watching.

Wasn't there a moon buggy as well? I seem to remember that, and a golfball being hit at some point in time.

Are you going to visit your folks Ramona?
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