Bad Astronomy reminds us that today (for the next five minutes at least) is the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, and directs us to this amazing collection of images from 1969.
I am sorry to say that while I remember most of the other Apollo missions and was alive in 1969, I do not remember this one, but the pictures bring to mind my own recollections of watching Walter Cronkite during the launch coverage and assembling/disassembling a plastic Saturn V model along with the TV people, as well as having the afternoon soaps interrupted for coverage of the splashdown and recovery of the command module.
I'd like to think that my kids would be able to see such sights for themselves. In the meantime, say what you will (and I do) about Billy Bragg's politics, but the guy can write:
This will be my last post until after next weekend. JJV and I, along with our families, are joining CRH for a weeklong sojourn in the Adirondacks. On the 20th, please look up and remember Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins, and the one small step.