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Time Lines 11

‘It suddenly struck me that that

tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the

Earth. I put up my thumb and

shut one eye, and my thumb blot-

ted out the planet Earth. I didn’t

feel like a giant. I felt very, very


-Neil Armstrong

50 Years Ago - The Moon Landing

Man on the Moon

50 years ago, America won the Space Race


n December of 1903, the Wright Broth-

ers flew at Kitty Hawk. History says

they were the first, although that is a

story for another day.

It was only 66 years later after that first

short flight, the man shook off the shackles

of gravity and atmosphere transverse the

great vacuum and void of space, walked on

the surface of the moon and then returned,

splashing down safely in the warm waters

of the Pacific.

We take for granted now, the achievements

of the past. Man has walked on the moon.

We did it until we got bored and stopped do-

ing it anymore.

But it’s easy to forget that the moon land-

ing was only the final achievement in a

massive, expensive endeavor that began

in earnest in 1961 when President John F.

Kennedy essentially issued a national chal-