Baying at the moon

I grew up in that period of awesome where kids thought walking on the moon was the best things anyone could ever hope to achieve. I was probably not ever going to get to the moon, but I wanted to see it.

I wanted a telescope. I wanted a telescope with enough power to see the flag Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted on the surface.

That didn’t happen and hasn’t yet. Maybe someday.


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9 Responses to Baying at the moon

  1. Paul Anater says:

    My earliest TV memory is watching Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. I was four and my mother gathered all of my siblings together, we turned on the TV and watched what my mother called “history being made.” With that flick of the TV switch, a science nerd was born.

  2. Really interesting perspective… I feel cheated that I don’t remember the first time that I independently validated an adult truth. I’m sure it was significantly less epic than a lunar event… Growing up on a farm, it was likely something to do with cows or hay. Ha!

  3. James Dibben says:

    I’m still not convinced that adults know what they are talking about.

  4. Rufus Dogg says:

    Not sure if it was my first memory but it was the first one I remember. Never trust anyone over 30 🙂

  5. Rufus Dogg says:

    Most of them don’t because most never bothered to look through their own telescope. Or if they did, they stopped looking once they found something that matched their expectations rather than the facts.

  6. Rufus Dogg says:

    That and a lot of Vietnam. A science nerd and a political critic was born.

  7. Joseph says:

    I was born in 1945, so I was long since an adult when they landed on the moon. I still remember it quite well, though. What’s cool is when I was growing up that was all still pie in the sky. Something people dreamed about but was never going to happen. And then it happened so quickly!

  8. Chamois says:

    This past spring – as an extra activity for my stellar astronomy class – I got to watch sunspots travel across a lens-projection of the surface of the bright sun. Not quite the revelation of your experience – but awesome none the less!

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