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July 20th, 2009
08:18 AM ET

"One Giant Leap for Mankind"

Forty years ago today Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. Space exploration has come a long way since then. And space travel is even available, for the right price.

Here's our question for you: if you could afford it, would you travel to the moon?

Post your comments below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. michael armstrong sr.

    I could think of alot better places to take a vacation besides Nasa cant even afford to go to the moon you would have to go ask Rusia for a ticket.

    July 20, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  2. R. Miller

    You also asked where we were 40 years ago today:

    I was 16, and spending the summer with relatives in The Netherlands.
    It was 3 a.m. when this historic moment occurred, yet the lights were on in nearly all of the homes in the high-rise apartment building across the street. Everyone was watching the moon landing! It was an exciting and proud moment for everyone, not just Americans!

    July 20, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  3. Allen

    Heidi asked where we were... I watched the Moon Landing in a cottage at the Illinois Soldier's and Sailor's Childrens School (for orphans & wards of the state) in Normal, Illinois with 15 other boys.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  4. Marcia

    In 1968, I was 5 years old. My mom brought me outside at night and told me to look up at the sky. She asked what I saw. I replied, "The moon". She then told me that there are now men on the moon. I said, "Does the man on the moon have company"?

    If I had the money, I would certainly take a vacation to visit my old friends, the men o n the moon..

    July 20, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  5. Kevin Patterson

    What an amazing adventure that would be. If I could afford it, I would definitely want to go.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  6. Vanessa

    In a heartbeat!

    July 20, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  7. Larry

    Morning Heidi,

    I couldn't see going to the moon. We have rocks and sand down here. I wouldn't mind taking a couple orbits and seeing what space looks like though.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  8. William Mark Clarke

    I would go in a second. I would go to the far side better known as the dark side and set up a listening to possible transmissions from space.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  9. Patty

    I was 13 years old and sitting in a hospital room with a friend who had been in a terrrible accident. We watched it together. He recovered from his accident. It seems like just last year, not 40 years ago. I would definately go to the moon if I had a chance.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  10. Linda Dowell

    I think I was around 10 yrs old back then, I didn't believe it then, and I still don't believe now, WHY?

    Why haven't they've gone back ?

    Why is the Flag flying?

    As smart as the US is, they just don't have the technology unless the aliens at Roswell clued us in.

    And I very much believe there's aliens at Area 51,

    Have a good day!

    July 20, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  11. Hassan -- Toronto

    Of course I would travel to the moon without any hesitations. However, I wonder what is the fee for the first checked luggage? 😉

    July 20, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  12. Roman Isaryk

    If I had the Money to travel to the Moon Yes I would do that... How Cool would it be to look at the Earth Rise from the moon. See our home plante from afar. I cant wait when we return to the moon. I wasnt even born yet when man set foot but always have been hooked on the Subject and another Thing I would so have Frank Sinatra Fly me to the Moon as my back ground song LOL

    July 20, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  13. Brett Hatfield

    If I had the money to visit the moon, It would be such an amazing expierence, for all my childhood dreams would come true. In 1969, when I was 9 years old, I had asked my parents if they would ever get to see the moon. They responded "Well, did you hear that they are on the moon right now?" I was amazed, and ever since then I have been studying about space, and even I am thinking of becoming an astronaut.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  14. Will Monticello

    Travel in space is a dangerous endeavor. The threat of a solar flare producing lethal amounts of radiation is very real and the space shuttle would be vulnerable to electrical and computer failures.
    Not to mention how one wrong technical move could also spell disaster. Question is, will the risk be worth the reward?

    July 20, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  15. Gene E. Herrick

    You earlier asked where we were on day Armstrong landed on moon. I was an Assocated Press photographer and I was in Armstrong's parents garage at their home in Wapakoneta, Ohio. I watched the landing on a TV in the garage along with couple other journalists and neighbors. I later covered Neil Armstrong on his first home visit after returning to earth. It was a great experience.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  16. Malcolm

    It is scary to think that you could be lost in space, but I wish I could go to the moon.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  17. Greg Stern (Virginia)

    I'd love to set foot on a new world if I could afford to...moon, Mars, etc... As to the price overall...in the long term, I'd say the benefits out-weigh the costs. The effort to put humans into space, especially beyond just the moon and Mars... requires overcoming a lot of challenges in science, math, engineering, agriculture, etc... a lot of developments that can be visited back on Earth. And there are physical resources out there that can be mined ... Read Morefor the same purposes. Also...the human population on Earth in the next half-century is projected to reach 9 billion. Housing and feeding that many people seems beyond the abilities of our current infrastructure. We have a new frontier and the means to breach out into it... just need the will.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  18. Jasper

    No offense to people like Marcia and other childhood dreamers, but I personally feel that this question isn't being taken seriously.

    It costs about $50 million to go to the moon – if not more.
    I live in a middle-class college town, but we still have a large percentage of the population who are either unemployed or not meeting expenses even with their jobs. I'm smart enough to realize that my nine figures could be much better utilized helping people than blowing it on the moon.

    Purchasing a trip to the moon is essentially a form of crimes against humanity. It's a laudering of money to a huge extent and people who do so belong on trial, not in space.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  19. Charlie Erickson

    In a word, yes!

    I have previously posted a comment on where I was, so I won't repeat it. I do remember thinking as to how great an accomplishment, and how historic it was. I recall having visions of manned Mars exploration, dancing in my head.

    One thing I want to say: I know that someone will bring up the so-called faked Moon landing conspiracy theory, so here's what I have to say concerning that. No proof is needed to defend the reality of the event. If the landing had indeed been faked, the Soviet Union would have exposed it immediately. They had their own unmanned Moon program going at the same time, so they were closely monitoring everything we were doing. Knowing that they could not even compete in the manned Moon "race", they would have jumped at the opportunity, to disprove our efforts and make us look bad. If we had faked anything, the world would have known within hours.

    It looks like I won't see any reality to my manned Mars exploration visions, until I'm a very old man.

    Charlie.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  20. joe

    Of course I would go. Who would say no to seeing the world as god might have seen it.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  21. Lauren

    Eh, I'd go. But there better be some Tang involved.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  22. Matthew Golliher

    Of course I would travel to the moon, to stay.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  23. Alex

    HELL YES I would!

    July 20, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  24. judge shirley

    if i was convinced that it was safe, that the exposure to outer space would cause no future health problems, and i would have an opportunity to really look,, observe and recieve knowledge, then i would do it.
    however, the risks just seem insurmountable.

    July 20, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  25. Mike

    Heidi,
    My mother used to call me into the house to watch all the Apollo launches, but as a 7 year old I watched the Apollo 11 crew daily and was motivated to fly. I still have my "LIFE" magazine featuring the walk on the moon. That motivation provided a lifetime of joy as I now pilot F-16 fighter aircraft and 767 airliners. Thanks to all at NASA and President Kennedy!

    July 20, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  26. Karen Smith

    On July 20, 1969, I was sitting on the couch watching the moon landing with my future father-in-law. I was 19 and in awe of the landing while he, in his 70's, was ranting and raving about how men were not meant to fly. I spent 20 years working for NASA contractors at Johnson Space Center and hope and pray our space exploration can continue. If I had the money, I would certainly fly to the moon.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  27. anonarchist, san angelo

    40 years ago i was 13 years from being born. but having seen challenger and columbus i would still risk it all just to trying to set foot on the moon.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  28. Kris Kropf

    I would love too, however, even a billionaire would not be able to afford the Cap and Trade Tax that would be added to the round trip fare.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  29. Mark Hecnar

    I turned 10 years old on that historic day when the Eagle landed. We were returning home from boy scout camp and we made it home in time for the landing on national T.V. A memory I wil never forget! Today I turn 50 years old!

    July 20, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  30. tim

    I would like to believe we went to the moon, but during a time that seems so backward to us now, I find it so hard to believe. If we did it then, why haven't we been able to even orbit the moon since then? I simply feel that it was a great idea that wasn't possible at a time during the cold war and history that needed a boost to the American morale. It was a great bit of movie making.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  31. Dr. Alice Lazzarini

    Heidi,

    I'll never forget where I was 40 yrs ago today? Today is my dad's birthday – he would have been 110 years old!
    Robert Castle was Chairman of Interior Design at Parson's School of Design until he retired in 1964. Forty years ago family and friends were gathered at his house celebrating his 70th birthday. We gathered in front of the TV, declaring the moon walk to be in his honor. Later he blew out all 70 candles that we had managed to squeeze on the 9" birthday cake!
    Alice

    July 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  32. Ravi Parikh

    hi heidi,

    as far as health care,i think it is good if citizens have not to worry at all for healthcare ever, as they have in Australia, canada. all the arguments quality care, our rights etc. is BS. it is all publicity crap. they can not afford to loose all BIG CHUNK of money they make at our cost. NO ONE IS GOD, doctors do is there best to help patient. there is no 100% guarantee of quality of care, whether it is private or public. .
    people will have more choice to find jobs too. Now you look for job with healthcare coverage, what kind of coverage you get etc. IT MUST BE DONE.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  33. Chandan

    Oh yes, without a second thought !

    July 20, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  34. Laura

    Yah I would go to the moon so I could be one hundred pounds less and eat all the space food I want. Yum.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  35. Cathy Price

    By all means, I would go to the moon if I could afford to. I can remember sitting in my parents den with them and my boyfriend, sitting on the naugahyde (pleather) couch watching the lunar landing and moon walk 40 years ago today.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  36. Juliano Winkert

    No way, i would use the money to visit entire America, and explore my entire lovely country Brazil!!!!

    Juliano Winkert
    Curitiba – Brazil

    July 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  37. Jim

    Hi Heidi:

    40 years ago, as a 6-year old, I was called by my parents to come to the television to see man land on moon. I remember it clearly which speaks to the importance of the moment even to the mind of a 6-year old. Today, the thrill of seeing the video is no less riveting and, perhaps, even more awe-inspiring.

    Jim

    July 20, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  38. Connor Childs

    NO doubt that I would go to the moon, Mars once I'm old enough. Buzz Aldrin has encouraged me himself.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  39. Ravi Parikh

    it will be good idea to to go to MOON , avoid all pollution and can do good MEDITATION without being bothered

    July 20, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  40. Frederick Vincent

    I remembered the Luna landing as if it happened yesterday. Three weeks before the landing I celebrated my 21st birthday in Japan. I was in
    the U.S. Air Force serving a two year tour of duty, besides being away from home when this historic event occurred. The only information military personnel had access to was the Far East Network Radio and the military newspaper "Stars and Stripes". Luck would have it I had the day off from duty and was able to it on Japanese television. This was history in the making watching man's landing then walking on another Celestrial Body.

    Frederick J. Vincent
    U. S. Air Force, Retired

    July 20, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  41. J.D.

    I was not born when the Apollo missions were underway, but I don't want to go to the moon. Someone's already been to the moon.

    I want 'to explore strange, new worlds...' You know the rest!

    July 20, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  42. Dennis C. Lee

    There is no way that we are going back to the moon. There were alien artifacts there. What would you think if they said that aliens were crawling all over the moon? Do the web search.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  43. David E. Cozad

    Heidi;
    The only way anyone will be going to the moon again will be as part of the new energy policy that will be required as oil is depleted globally. The moon will become the supply base for the largest construction project in human history. You might want to check out http://spacestudiesinstitute.wordpress.com/ for an idea of what this project will entail. This project will require that NASA will have to devote about 95% of its budget for the next 20 years. For this effort, the human race will have built the next source of energy for the next 200 years.

    This is why we have to go back to the moon and why we will stay there permanently.

    David E. Cozad
    Arlington, TX

    July 20, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  44. David

    I was 7 in 1969, in the living room of a duplex in Madison Wisconsin and we were watching the moonlanding on our black and white tv. My brother and I, my Mom and Dad. We were all excited. It was one of those times when the world opens up, when more than what is here seems and is possible. A sense of connection to all other people was part of that.

    Would I go to the moon if I could afford it? Yes! I've thought, and I bet a lot of people have envisioned space travel, and as Buzz Aldrin just said, exploration, as being part of our life in this world. It's good to see this subject being reported on.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  45. Charlie Erickson

    In reference to the comment by Jasper; lobbyists bribing Congress, all of those involved in unregulated financial vehicles making millions, while severely damaging the world's economy and Bush's invasion of Iraq, are crimes against humanity, and these are the people who need to be on trail, not those involved in the advancement of science, technology, exploration, and even the dream of space travel for us all.

    Space exploration ultimately benefits us all. All the other stuff I mentioned, benefits a few, for their own selfish interests. More people have probably died as a result of the financial crisis, than all of those who died in the pursuit of space exploration.

    BTW, where does the money laundering thing come from, Jasper?

    Charlie.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  46. Cindy Hebert Lloyd

    Hi, Heidi –

    Yes, i would want to go to the Moon; eventhough, it's 40 – Omigosh! – years later. I think, the whiole US Space Program, is the best thing, that we – as Americans – have ever done.

    I was ten years old at the time of the Moon Landing, in 1969, I can still remember, sitting, on the floor, in front of an old black and white – and grainy – TV set, in my parents bedroom, in our summer cottage, with my younger brother, watching Neil Armstong come down the steps of the lunar module.

    Cindy Hebert Lloyd
    Amherst MA

    July 20, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  47. Leann Boyd

    I remember that I was about eight years old an my momma made us girls sit down and watch the landing on the moon and she told us that this was a piece of history. She also told us to remember this.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  48. michael armstrong sr.

    Going to a place with no oxygen, no water, being stuck in a sardine can for a week or so taking a chance on being hit by a meteor...yep sounds like fun. You guys have a good time! I think I would spend the money in Hawaii sucking down mities and checking out the chicks.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  49. Alice Kramden

    My husband tells me I'm going to the moon every week.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  50. henna michealz

    HECK YES!!!! i would go to the moon be less weight and i've always wanted to try space food YUMMY

    July 20, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  51. Grant

    Heck, I can hardly bear to be stuck in a cramped airline seat for an hour or two, so maybe I should skip space flight.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  52. Dan in Santa Barbara

    I would let everyone ELSE go to the moon, then I would take control of planet Earth! It would me MINE, ALL MINE, HAHAHAHAHAHahaha!!!

    July 20, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  53. Scott Carter

    Yes I would like to travel to the moon. Just once I'd like to see the earth from space. Plus the rush of liftoff would be a kick in the pants!

    July 20, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  54. Doug - Dallas

    Heidi,

    My dad was one of many engineers that worked in the space program in the 60's and 70's. He started on Apollo 8 and was in charge of construction of the space shuttle when he retired. It was an exciting time and I remember as a boy getting the "unofficial" tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building. While we celebrate the astronauts and their accomplishments, we should also celebrate the accomplishments of the thousands of unnamed guys who got them there.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  55. mymanhenri

    you bet I would go. 1 eye on the moon, the other eye on flying foam debris on shuttle/rocket underbelly. I would want to come back to tell about it. 😉

    July 20, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  56. Patrick of Port charlotte, Fl

    Yes, I would go to the moon and further more plan on it one day. I am a enspriring Aserospace Engineer and hope to design the next generation space craft that will help mankind help begin to colonize space.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  57. Joe G.

    Go to the moon ?

    As a 'civilian?' WHY ! They probably don't even have Domino's delivery there.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  58. Tax Payer

    Tired of the money being wasted on NASA programs and these shuttle . It is about time that it has come to an END. People can't aford to live here on earth how can they live in space.

    People losing there homes here whats going to happen when they lose there home in space.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  59. Deborah

    The space program needs to be scrapped until the economy is back on its feet. Use that money to help with the health care crisis. Transfer those space program employees to other areas.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  60. penny morton

    I was in my great-grandmother's hospital room. They let us kids in just long enough to watch it on her tv because the wasn't one in the waiting room. The last thing I remember her ever saying was "Why can't they just leave that poor old man in the moon alone?"

    July 20, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  61. Edward Sheakley

    Definately I would go to the moon. It would not take me a minute to say yes. Many nights I've looked up at infinity and been struck with awe. I've often wondered how my prospective on life would change if I could see the stars from space, and see the earth rise over the horizon, as I stand on the moon's surface. I would imagine it would give me the unique perspective of how small we are in the cosmos, and how much futher we have to go to be able to streach out into the fiture and fulfull our potential as a species. Truely blessed were the men of the Apollo missions.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  62. Laurie

    Traveling to the moon would be amazing! Exploring the world in outer space and looking at its beauty is something I would love to do. Neal and Buzz are both very lucky humans.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  63. Gillian

    i think i would go to the moon because i am just going into grade 7 and in grade siw for a science project i studdied the moon and i think it would be sooooo cool to visit something that you studdied on(plus i would be the youngest to go into space)

    July 20, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  64. andrea shindler

    Absolutely would take the leap to visit the moon, if affordable! Love the comment of the person who said "Yes, to stay!" Imagine the new employment opportunities which could become available!

    July 20, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  65. Fred Smith

    What is to celebrate about the moon landing? If only the truth be known! During World War 2 there existed a german POW project called Project Dora. It was a rocket development program headed by a scientist named Werner Von Braun. He used captured POW's including American flyboys to keep this program going. Each week it was reported that 7 POW's were executed each Sunday just to keep the rest of the POW's in line. Further, ten thousand POW's died during the harsh conditions imposed by this tyrant!
    At the end of the war the US captured these guys and secretly slipped them into the US, granted them US citizenship and then feted them as heroes while they developed the rockets which ultimately sent the man to the moon. In fact, there exists footage of Werner Von Braun riding in President Kennedy's limo! Did US soldiers die fighting these tyrants only to have the same tyrants granted US citizenship?
    Should not Americans know the whole story? Later in the eighties some high profile Americans became aware of this situation and forced the US government to strip the Citizenship of the rest of the Germans and then very quietly ship them back to Germany. It is too bad that Werner Von Braun died in 1972 and was therefore not faced with the same fate as his other cronies. How would Americans really feel about their historic acheivements if they knew the real truth; that is that American soldiers died fighting the same tyrants that were then granted US citizenship and then feted as heroes by the American public!
    Ask Fredricka to tell you the whole story of her father, a Tuskegee Airman who was part of the only flying unit that never lost an escorted bomber while under the watch of the Tuskegee Airmen. These same airmen were considered too stupid to be able to learn how to fly because they were BLACK!! Then they came home to segregation and humiliation! And the list goes on and on!! I'm not anti American, but I do think the whole truth and nothing but the whole truth should be told. Only from the truth can we really make appreciable change for the better and understand how to make the future a better place to be.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  66. Deveree Greenwood

    Hello Heidi,

    I vividly remember this very important day in history. Making a space journey actually brought the limits of my imagination to the futuristic reality of film-making. It was my ambition to recreate what I saw, but never got the opportunity. It did make me realize that dreams are only a fraction of what materialized reality can be. To reiterate what happened so long ago, has made me see how much further science can go. Hopefully, it will be the key to our economic recovery.

    Thank you for re-enforcing the memory!

    July 20, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  67. robert dubin

    I would go to the moon in a heartbeat, particularly if I could get a glimpse of Alice Cramden.

    I was in Florence, Italy, when Neil and Buzz touched down. Unfortunately, the TV coverage in Florence was more akin to the Jerry Springer show.

    Without question the moon landing was exciting. One one couldn't help feeling extra-proud to be an American.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  68. Kevin Fee

    I was 7 Y.O. My best friend and I played with a small live rabbit on the floor in front of a big black and white round screen TV in a wooden case as my parents watched on. Cronkite said, "Man on the mood!" My best friend placed the rabbit on a toy saddle floor stool like it was landing on the moon and said, "Bugs Bunny rides again". I remember it like it was yesterday.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  69. penny morton

    I would go to the moon-but only with aliens. No offense, America, but aliens more experience than we do.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  70. Tax Payer

    Fourty years of wasting money on nasa program just think fourty years of wasting billions and billions of dollars that could have been used to make this planet earth a bit better than what it is now.

    But I guess it was better to waste billions and billions of tax dollars on a space program that was point less from day one.How about using some of that billion to get that U.S. Pravite back from the taliban and stop putting the blame him for being captured.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  71. Thomas Rock

    Heidi, where was I at the moment of the moon landing in 1969. I was in Can Tho, Vietnam sitting in my house in silk pajamas with Muoi, my Vietnamese wife and the rest of my neighborhood... My Vietnamese neighbors were disappointed that I would not allow them to watch their soap opera until they realized what we were watching. I had Muoi explain to them that the Americans are walking on the moon. The excitement for them was magical.
    Thom Rock
    Author
    Silk Pajamas & Tombstone Eyes
    https://www.tombstoneeyes.com/Home_Page.html

    July 20, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  72. Kevin Fee

    I remember it like it was yesterday, especially how we were watching what the Russians were doing. How ironic to loose Cronkite at this time. I believe he is realizing his dream to explore right now. And yes like Cronkite I would love to go to the moon.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  73. Kay Murphy

    I was living in Libya with my husband and he borrowed a tv for us to watch the landing. The reception was not very good and I walked outside and sat alone in the dark looking up at themoon thinking of my father and mother in Illinois and that they were probably looking at thessame thing I was and it made me feel a little less homesick. As a child growing up my father would stop everything during the summer evenings and gather us together to lay on a blanket and watch for Echo to fly over. I knew they were watching this with me.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  74. Spencer

    If they could pretend they went to the moon that would be a good deal better than actually going. The big deal would be deadly radiation, that would kill the humans. They don't really want to take a chance on failing or losing someone so the obvious answer would be to fake it, since it would be much safer and it would allow access to a huge amount of Hoo Hah money coming their way. It is so much money in fact, that anyone would be expendible if they did not go along with it. Who would tell the truth if it was going to destroy their life and the lives of their family? An astronaut? i doubt it very much. All govermental authority lies, which is why they have secrecy. As if being the pope is not an extremely high paid Hoo Hah position. He would not know more about God than anyone else; he's just good at the extremely entrenched BS factor. You cannot even belong if you don't go along with the biasing lies of power.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  75. Carol Jones

    Would I go to the moon? No. But I do remember watching the landing on TV 40 yrs ago with my family. My grandmother, those were the days when Grandma lived with the family, made the remark, "Wow they really did that fast?' We all looked at her and laughed and said Grandma they have been working on this for YEARS! She said yes but I went to the Wright brothers parade in downtown Dayton when they returned from Kittyhawk and now I am watching this.....amazing all that was accomplished in one persons lifetime.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  76. robyn caffrey keyser west virgina 26726

    att : heidi '
    in 1968 i was 6 years old , i just remember on our first black and white tv , there was the clipping of the shuttle going up.

    and the year of 1982 or 1985 " when the apollo 13 never made it, all the 7 " astronouts blew up. ever since them dates i get so scarred when ever i see the shuttle going up.

    kids back then made the joke after years passed that : NASA ( means ) NASA"" N – EEDS A – NOTHER S -EVON A -STRONOUTS

    July 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  77. Charlie Erickson

    Why is my comment of 10:32 AM still awaiting consideration, while those who have have commented later than myself, have been posted?

    Charlie.

    July 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  78. Rid Drury

    In 1968 I was in Disneyland with my dad getting a coke. At 8 years old, "It's a Small World' ride didn't seem so small after all.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm |
  79. Fred

    I was an 11- year-old boy vacationing and visiting my grandmother, aunts & uncles & cousins in Italy in the region where my parents were born. I don't think they even had a television, but we saw it after the fact somewhere on tv in Milan, I think, though I don't recall for certain. In any case, it was a huge event for everyone all over the world, a dream come true and an apt realiization, I feel, of Kennedy's dream and the legacy of Camelot!!! Congrats to the US for the leadership shown in those interesting times of the 60's. Whenever I watch the film, Apollo 13, it brings back that era for me!!

    July 21, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  80. Paul

    I would rather spend three months on the Space Station, with Heidi!

    July 21, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  81. Tom

    I listen to the President lastnight, and to the news after. It would seem to me the news media heard one thing and the rest of america heard something else. we all heard something different.
    If other country have health care plan, why can't we?
    Does the insurance company have that much power that we the people don't count?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:17 am |

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