“Contact light.”

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“Contact light” was the first phrase spoken on the moon.  Armstrong and Aldrin were test pilots first and always, running the checklist and reporting their status.

July 20, 1969 was the most exciting day of my life.  No day before or since has matched the thrill of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon with Michael Collins orbiting overhead.

Many of you were not yet born on that day.  You have the opportunity to create your own days of excitement by continuing humanity’s drive for exploration.  Mars is within our grasp, all we have to do is reach for it.

Don’t take my word for it. You can see Buzz Aldrin’s call for a mission to Mars here.

You can find photos, videos, and audio of the Apollo missions at the NASA Web site here.

Apollo 11

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Fifty years ago today, this Saturn V booster roared off Launch Pad 39A with a half billion people around the world watching.  Atop the rocket, Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collins were prepped for lunar landing.  The launch of Apollo 11 marked the start of one of the most important events in human history and one for which the entire world cheered.  NASA.gov gives extensive coverage of the flight, including this post.