This is a wonderful tribute to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. Neil lived from August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012. He is famously known for his first words, “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”
I will never forget the late night viewing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon. I was just inches away from our little black and white tv watching Walter Cronkite’s coverage. My dad was fading in and out of sleep. But we were WIDE AWAKE when the actual moment occurred. Just me and pops in our living room experiencing HISTORY together.
Thanks, AMERICA! And THANKS NEIL for the INSPIRATION of over 50 years!
Presidents promise hope. But so do school teachers, great explorers, and great speeches.
Throughout humanity, people bring us hope through their words. But hope without purpose is somewhat empty. You can accomplish many goals in life and it can still be meaningless. That’s why God gave us HIS WORD!
We can desire to win a race, raise good children, or move into our dream home. Ultimately TRUE HOPE in life can still be missed.
The most powerful message is out there. It is found in the SON OF GOD! Jesus came to RESTORE us to our heavenly Father — and that message comes very clear when you begin to explore the words found in the Bible.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus addressed this issue of the heart to a the woman at the well who had many questions about life, too.
John 4:13-14 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
I encourage any reader to find out what it means to pursue a “relationship” with Jesus.
I have personally found that living my life with these Bible teachings in place has changed my life’s goals. Hope is now woven into every day of my life!
7 Minutes of Terror
Ever since the days of the Mercury Astronauts, I have followed, dreamed about, and been fascinated with the NASA Space Program. Tonight, the Curiosity Rover attempts MARS. You just have to watch this amazing video. 7 Minutes of Terror. I will be watching LIVE. It will remind me of the late evening viewing of the 1969 Moon Landing with Walter Cronkite, Neil Armstrong and my sleepy dad. Yes!
UPDATE: DONE!! Way to go Mars Team and NASA! I love watching history unfold. Congratulations!
I was THERE!! Well, not actually present with the Astronauts of Apollo 11, but as a 10-year-old boy the memories are very vivid. I had cereal box punch-outs of the lunar module (LEM) and knew exactly what would happen next. Walter Cronkite was my hero as he explained every detail in advance.
But when the live TV of 1969 hit the airwaves, I was hooked. And I watched so attentively that I’m not sure I even ate a meal that day.
I remember that everyone in my house went to bed except my dad and me. As Neil Armstrong was preparing to take that first “small step” I looked back at my dad and he had fallen asleep — Ha! I watched continuously until they had made their walk, and until the TV stations all went off the air. Too bad I didn’t have a blog back then!!
I am now streaming the exact radio transmissions and living the moments over again at http://wechoosethemoon.org. Love it!
And here’s some restored video that captures some key moments of the famous NASA team working together for our U.S. Space Program.