by: the Common Constitutionalist
Anyone who was alive and of age back in 1969 remembers being riveted to the boob tube. For thoses youngsters, a boob tube is an old fashioned teliovision. See, TV screens use to be made from these big, heavy glass tubes called CRT’s or cathode ray tube.
Anywho, on July 21, 1969 man first landed on a surface other than earth. The whole world watched. To this day it is the most viewed television event in history. Yes, even larger than the “Who shot JR” season finale of Dallas. Hard to believe, but it’s a fact. Look it up.
There was no internet, so people relied on newspaper accounts of the landing. The BBC reported as such (GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time):
American Neil Armstrong has become the first man to walk on the Moon.
The astronaut stepped onto the Moon’s surface, in the Sea of Tranquility, at 0256 GMT, nearly 20 minutes after first opening the hatch on the Eagle landing craft.
Armstrong had earlier reported the lunar module’s safe landing at 2017 GMT with the words: “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
As he put his left foot down first Armstrong declared: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
He described the surface as being like powdered charcoal and the landing craft left a crater about a foot deep.
‘We came in peace’
The historic moments were captured on television cameras installed on the Eagle and turned on by Armstrong.
Armstrong spent his first few minutes on the Moon taking photographs and soil samples in case the mission had to be aborted suddenly.
He was joined by colleague Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin at 0315 GMT and the two collected data and performed various exercises – including jumping across the landscape – before planting the Stars and Stripes flag at 0341 GMT.
They also unveiled a plaque bearing President Nixon’s signature and an inscription reading: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Measure of a true hero
Mike Flynn at Breitbart adds:
“Armstrong’s heroism wasn’t the lunar walk, though. It was how he comported himself afterwards that showed the true measure of the man. He was among the most famous human beings in history. Yet he retired to a quiet and private life teaching aeronautical engineering and tending to his farm. His walk on the moon wasn’t a personal achievement, per se, but an accomplishment for all of humanity.
He made few public appearances. He gave very few speeches or interviews. His resignation from the public square made his lunar walk something mankind achieved rather than something Neil Armstrong achieved. His walk was the culmination of the work, not only of the thousands of engineers and scientists who directly worked on the mission, but also of the countless others throughout the ages who looked up at the skies and dreamed. Armstrong understood this.”
Many people have published and posted articles like this one, or pictures of Armstrong. as a memorial.
One would never think to inject him or herself into this achievement or memorial. Unless, of course, you are “The One”.
Here is the picture of how our narcissistic president honors a great man and humble Amerian hero. Of himself staring up at the moon. What a Jerk.