|Small plastic coffee table tray with recreation of commemorative U.S. 10-cent Airmail stamp. 1969 Made in Italy. Probably purchased at Smithsonian.|
Every once and a while is time to remember why this site is called Moon Traveller Herald. It is a nod to the first lunar landing. It occurred on July 20, 1969, and for me, there are things that happened before and things that happened later, but that moment was the great pivot point of the modern world as it was a certain apex of technology. Hasn't really been surpassed, has it? Those days brought pictures not just of the moon, but of earth as seen from the moon. And that has been a repeating theme of Moon Traveller Herald - to look at things as at the remove of the moon. This summer I have been reading a biography of first man on moon, Neil Armstrong. And it has been a walk in time. One of many surprises: Armstrong saw his trip and its meaning in the light of the ecology thinking of the day - as a call to think in terms of the Spaceship Earth.(To be continued.) (This summer has been a challenge for me, balancing family needs, work and hobby - I actually am not reading "First Man" (xxx) but am instead listening to it as book on tape (CD) as I commute. Interesting Mittyesque moments, those! I am starting this post as a placekeeper to mark the date...45 years after the moon landing .. and I will peck away at finishing it, and adding pictures and such subsequently.
http://moontravellerherald.blogspot.com/2012/08/neal-armstrong-from-tranquility-base.htmlHe had the Midwestern pilot drone attitude down cold. Uninterruptible, he was thinking, and going to land this thing come hell or high water. Before the moon he was a famed test pilot. His coolness when a prototype model LEM blew up [he ejected] was part of his legend. From this transcript I detect a call out that I take it as his descent engine had 30 sec of fuel left about 26 sec before he landed.
Armstrong himself was a thinker, an engineer first, a pilot second, except when the opposite order was required. A difficult read. Isolated. On a mission. Norman Mailer, almost unable to describe Armstrong, the essential cypher, cam to the insight that he was "extraordinarily remote."