I couldn't resist. Had to blog about what happened on the moon back in 1969 on this date. Yep, man first stepped on the moon. And guess what? They didn't find any green cheese anywhere. So there went that age old theory. Neil Armstrong was the man who left the first foot prints on our moon. For those of us who remember it and watched it on TV, it seems like it was only a few dozen years ago, or so, because it stuck in our minds. But, it was forty-five (45) years ago today! Wow, how time flies!!
Did you know that Armstrong's Mother's only real fear was that the moon's crust wouldn't support the weight of a man and that her son would sink into the moon's surface, so when he stepped off the lander's ladder, Neil twice tested the surface with his weight. He was a good son and listened to his Mom. After his famous "first words" on the moon, he got down to business and reported back on the moon's surface: "The surface is fine and powdery. I can pick it up loosely with my toe. It does adhere in fine layers like powdered charcoal to the sole and sides of my boots. I only go in a small fraction of an inch, maybe an eighth of an inch, but I can see the footprints of my boots and the treads in the fine sandy particles."
So, what do you think were the first words spoken from the moon over the radio to Earth? I probably would have a said "dang, how did I get myself in this situation..." The first words were from Buzz and the very first word was "Beautiful. . .".
By the way, maybe the reason he said it was a huge leap for mankind is because the landing was made so softly that the legs didn't collapse as far as they were suppose to and the bottom rung of the ladder was three and half feet above the surface. A salute Neil and Buzz. In my mind they are hero's. Now, keep your feet planted on the Earth's surface and have a great day, you hear?