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There is a certain sad symetry in Armstrong and Bradbury going together.Neither could exist without the other. Scientists and achievers have always needed to be inspired first by visionaries. Neither of these men could have done what they did as well without the other.Anyone familiar with the work of Dickens knows how his writing inspired others to go forward and make improvements in the world and Bradbury's did the same. He shaped the way a generation approached space exploration. Perhaps, in losing these two as we touch down on Mars, we are closing the door on the first generation of explorers with their work well done. Perhaps, even now, another generation is waiting in the wings to inspire and then build the ships that will lead us on the next stage of discovery.
I couldn't believe this when I heard last night. Yeah he was 82, but in my head he was invincible!Another childhood hero bites the dust (I'm disturbed by the increasing frequency with which this is happening!). I only wish I was old enough to have seen him land on the moon as it happened.Perhaps you might share your own memories of that day Brian? Did you watch it?
Boll – Well said! And thanks for the correction to the original image that has now been changed.Andy – Yes, I recall the event very well – six days after my 20th birthday. It felt like we were standing on the brink of eternity...
I watched the broadcast through the window of a café in Austria, where I was camping with my family. At the time (I was just 14) I didn't really appreciate the magnitude of the event.
I can remember solemnly peering at the Mare Tranquillitatis through my tiny telescope in the hope of seeing a puff of moondust from the landing site. A few months ago I met a young taxi driver who was convinced that the moon landing was actually a hoax...!(RGP)
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