Monday, July 20, 2009

Landing on the Moon

It was 40 years ago today that Neil Armstrong stepped out of his spaceship onto the moon. Had he been my big-cats, he would have been disappointed to find out that the moon was not actually made of cheese.

While on the moon, Mr Armstrong looked for a golf course (which would have to wait about 18 months for Alan Shepherd). Had it been 2009, he probably would have been very surprised to find no Starbucks.

After walking on the moon and collecting rocks for about 2-1/2 hours, Mr Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin returned to their lunar module (“LM”) where they discovered that they had accidentally broken the ignition switch for the LM’s ascent engine. Since they couldn’t call AAA to come give them a jump-start, Mr Aldrin used part of a pen to flip a circuit breaker and start the ascent engine.

The hotwiring of the LM worked and Armstrong, Aldrin, and Michael Collins returned to the Earth on July 24th.

I wasn’t born when Mr Armstrong walked on the moon, but I am told that the Big-Cat used to wave at the moon and say “Goodnight Mr Armstrong”.

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