40 Years Ago...this Week...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CRC, Jul 14, 2009.


  1. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I just think there's some pretty cool stuff going on this week about this .... 7/16/2009
    My Dad was an engineer that worked on all the Apollo shots, so at our house, this was really REALLY a huge deal...It's all we heard about for months leading up to it....I'll be watching this week....:)

    Web site recreates Apollo 11 mission in real time

    By MELISSA TRUJILLO – 1 day ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Families crowded around black-and-white television sets in 1969 to watch Neil Armstrong take man's first steps on the moon.

    Now, they'll be able to watch the Apollo 11 mission recreated in real time on the Web, follow Twitter feeds of transmissions between Mission Control and the spacecraft, and even get an e-mail alert when the lunar module touches down. Those features are part of a new Web site from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum commemorating the moon mission and Kennedy's push to land Americans there first.

    "Putting a man on the moon really did unite the globe," said Thomas Putnam, director of the JFK Library. "We hope to use the Internet to do the same thing."

    The Web site — http://www.WeChooseTheMoon.org — goes live at 8:02 a.m. Thursday, 90 minutes before the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla. It will track the capsule's route from the Earth to the Moon, ending with the moon landing and Armstrong's walk — in real time, but 40 years later.<!-- m --><!-- m -->

    Internet visitors can see animated recreations of key events from the four-day mission, including when Apollo 11 first orbits the moon and when the lunar module separates from the command module, as well as browse video clips and photos and hear the radio transmission between the astronauts and NASA flight controllers.

    The site also connects the mission back to Kennedy, who first set the goal to have a man on the moon by the end of the decade during a May 25, 1961, speech before Congress.

    The Web site's name was taken from another speech Kennedy gave in 1962, when he said: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone and one which we intend to win."

    Kennedy was assassinated six years before Armstrong set foot on the moon, but the Web site also features photos showing the president's deep interest in the space program, including ones of him watching Alan Shepard become the first American in space.

    While the main goal is to offer people a chance to again experience the excitement of the moon mission, Putnam said he also hopes it inspires people to tackle the issues facing the country today, such as global warming or poverty.

    "What is the next challenge? What is it that we want to achieve?" he said. "I think President Kennedy would want our leaders today to take on the biggest challenges and set those goals."
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    * John F. Kennedy Museum and Library: <!-- m -->http://www.jfklibrary.org<!-- m -->

    Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
     
  2. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    40 years ago today is a little fuzzy for me. I was aboard a US Navy ship somewhere in the Mediteranean. Somewhere about that time I was on bridge watch at lee helm (the ships speed contol - engine telegraph) and was honored to be present when my ship intentionally rammed an unwelcome Russian sub that had the audacity to pop up inbetween us and the USS Kennedy who was in the process of launching aircraft. After the crash 3 US destroyers tailed the sub as it limped out of the area. Just my little 40 years ago true story.
     
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    A little hazy for me, too. I think a bit of Virgin Island rum was coursing thru the veins during a port 'o call that July. Later that year (IIRC) we also met a Russian sub (at 400' more or less.) I think both tacmot's and my encounters with our submersible northern adversaries are chronicled in "Blind Man's Bluff" by Sharon Sontag; I know mine is.

    The late 60's were pretty exciting times in an adrenaline rush sorta way. Glad that is over with.

    [beer]
     
  4. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    The moon mission is about the only thing I can remember from 1969! Lets see - I was 12 years old, just finished sixth grade and on summer vacation. I remember the parents and us kids (my sister and I) watching the Apollo launch and a few days later the moon landing. We had a BW TV, as I can remember an aunt's early color TV with the harsh garish colors.
     
  5. CRC

    CRC Survivor of Tidal Waves | RIP 7-24-2015 Moderator Emeritus Founding Member


    I remember being too young to go to this and being upset with my Grandmother for thinking I was too young... [coo]

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    I can see me now, if my 15 yr old daughter had wanted to go.......[ROFL]

    No freakin' way....
     
  6. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    I know I shouldn't post in this tread, but I just gotta.

    40 years ago? I wasn't born yet[gone]
     
  7. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    Lol, well Kckndrdn, think nothing of it, lol ...... Us old timers are comfortable in our skins, and know of the trials and tribulations ahead for you. We can sit back an laugh at your struggles, and decide whether or not we want to share our vast wisdom and experiences to help you. ..... or just sit there smiling sipping our cool drinks, chuckling to ourselves. JMHO, and jus' kiddin' maybe.
     
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    In 3rd grade at the time and still remember it.
     
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