In our family, we’re big fans of space exploration, and books and movies about space exploration. My son and I can recite lines and lines of dialogue from the Ron Howard-directed film Apollo 13. (We know much more than the famous, “Houston, We have a problem.”)
When we watch Hidden Figures, we cheer as Kevin Costner’s character breaks down the “colored ladies room” sign. We applaud when he says, “Here at NASA, we all pee the same color.”
And today, we stop and think about the moon. About those who have traveled to, and walked on, the moon. Those who worked to make it possible for human beings to leave our planet and return safely home.
Because today is National Moon Day.
Today is the 53rd anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon — Apollo XI, with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.
It is one of those defining moments in human history. Those that were old enough remember the significance of the time, and can recall details about where they were when Neil Armstrong spoke to the planet — “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
I’m not old enough. But I can tell you that Alan Shepard hit a golf ball on the moon (Apollo XIV).
Astronaut David Scott (Apollo XV) conducted a science experiment, demonstrating that a hammer and feather would fall and hit the surface of the moon at the same time.
And astronaut Charles Duke (Apollo XVI) left a photo of his family on the moon.
And today, in the photo above, I share with you just a few of our family’s moon-related books.
Readers — I would love to hear from you. Favorite space-related memory? Book? Movie? Please share!
2 thoughts on “National Moon Day”
My husband worked one week with Mary Jackson, the woman from Hidden Figures who returned to school. He had the utmost respect for her. Sadly, he was appalled at his childhood hero who was there working with them. That was John Glenn. My husband said he was a member of the “old boys’ club. Very anti women. We were in juniour high when he made his flight, and my husband said he admired him since then. Then the way he treated and talked about the women in my husband’s group – 2 fine engineers, made my husband furious.
Oh Dorinda, thank you for sharing! It’s a time period filled with contrasts which create such mixed emotions. On the one hand, there was such innovation in terms of our space program, but the racism and sexism at the time was despicable.