“Ignition sequence starting…”

I was born in June of 1982, so I wasn’t around to watch the Apollo 11 mission in July of 1969, but my parents were, they both have told me that it was one of the few bright spots in a decade that was marred with tragedy, death, and civil unrest — it was a time when the whole planet, not just Americans, gathered around their televisions to watch humans, not Americans, walk on the moon. I don’t think I’ll ever see anything globally unifying like that in my lifetime, which is depressing. With everything going on in the United States in 1969, between civil rights, gay rights, women’s rights, the anti-war movement, plus the campus free speech movement, we all still found a way to come together as a people and celebrate an immeasurably historic achievement. How lucky they were.


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