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Moonwalk One

This is a fascinating documentary, covering every aspect of the Apollo 11 mission and the science and technology that supported it. It also paints a layered portrait of the the world that was watching (not to mention a vintage glimpse at mid-century America. The business and restaurant signs! OMG!) Very human, poetic, philosophical, and informative at the same time. It brought tears to my eyes more than once.

I was too young to remember this event and the world it took place in. My mom tells me our family was like most others that day--glued to the television. At one point, my father took my older sister outside to look at the moon, but when there wasn't much to see you didn't normally see, she asked to be taken back inside to watch it on the television. Then she promptly got freaked out by the closeups of the astronaut's helmets, faces turned into black reflections.

I get very frustrated sometimes with the pace of humankind's exploration of space, but when I watch a documentary like this and reflect on what the world was like one hundred years ago, fifty years ago, I realize: I live in an amazing age.

Happy anniversary, Apollo 11.


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Jul. 19th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Jul. 19th, 2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind the upside down TV picture, didn't mind the weird quote (from Armstrong blowing his line). I think I had to get up and go to work the next morning; didn't mind that either. But my teachers had always said someone my age would be the first on the moon, and then they let those old guys do it. ;o)
Jul. 20th, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
They underestimated human gumption, I think. All three of those men were born in the same year as my father.
Jul. 20th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
cool post. I do have a memory of my family around the tv, a hazy one given my age.
Jul. 20th, 2014 01:01 pm (UTC)
I have memories, too, but in retrospect, they'd have to be one of the early 70's moonshots.
Jul. 20th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
i'm sure mine are half formed of listening to relatives
Jul. 20th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
That's the big problem with childhood memories. I think a big chunk of what I remember before the age of ten is what adults told me happened, and not my own memories at all. As they tell you what they remember, you visualize it and mix it into the static images that exist in your own memories, and soon you have a movie you think you recorded yourself at the time.

Something similar happens with home movies of my childhood. I barely remember any of it, but now I seem to recall stuff that, truthfully, was a home movie I watched.
Jul. 20th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
can't argue that because it's happened to me for sure
Jul. 20th, 2014 06:12 am (UTC)
I was in Sites,Spain on that day. My husband and I stood outside a store watching Armstrong's first step onto the moon,and it felt very surreal.
I was 21, and that moment fuelled my lifelong fascination with space.
Jul. 20th, 2014 01:05 pm (UTC)
that moment fuelled my lifelong fascination with space

I can just imagine! One of the fascinating thing in this and other anniversary documentaries is when they cut to the television audiences around the world, and a lot of them are people on sidewalks staring through store windows at televisions for sale, that are all showing the events. Considering the entire thing stretched out over a week and was punctuated by long periods of "Are we there yet?" timing your day to be in front of a television to see the actual landing must have been a nerve-wracking feat.

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