Monday, July 16, 2018

Today in History 1969

July 16, 1969, the United States launched Apollo 11.

I consider the Apollo missions to be the high water mark of the United States. The energy the country had coming out of World War II culminated in this:

I remember the summer of 1969, watching these events play out, and thinking that there was no limits to what we could do.

"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."
--John F. Kennedy


SiGraybeard said...

Next year is the 50 year anniversary.

Back then, I thought that in 50 years we'd have colonies on the moon and regular flights to Mars. Instead, we haven't left low earth orbit.

Beans said...

Oh, the things we tossed away, by the end of Apollo. The advanced F-series engines, the next-gen Apollo capsule (which would have been more reuseable than the Shuttle,) the whole nuclear propulsion thing, the whole advanced Saturn systems (which would have built a lego-like component system to tailor the launch to the specific need.)

Orion and the SLS system in the early 70's. Pissed away. And to make matters worse, all the tooling, most of the documentation, destroyed at the end of the program.

I weep for what we had, and threw away.

Murphy(AZ) said...

And now we're wasting what little talent NASA still has mollifying the Greeners and Muslims. Young talent doesn't want to work there, most of the older talent is just killing time, waiting for retirement. You're right, it's enough to make you weep.

drjim said...

I hope I live long enough to tell my grandchildren about the time we went to the Moon.....