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Old 07-20-2009, 04:39 PM   #11
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definatley a big deal concidering my $2 calculator has more computing power than the apolo lander had.
Those guys were pioneers, very brave men. There was no guarantee that they would land on the Moon, or even survive.

 
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:48 PM   #12
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Steal her GPS, cell phone and disconnect the cable tv for a full day. That ought to help her appreciate what the space program means.
and make her drive into the sunset without sunglasses....

NASA invented lots of cool stuff that we all take for granted now.

 
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:20 PM   #13
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NASA invented sunglasses??
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:51 PM   #14
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Do they even teach NASA history is schools these days?

 
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:58 PM   #15
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To be fair, there a lot of myths about things that NASA supposedly invented. Velcro, for instance gets falsely accredited to NASA

 
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:20 PM   #16
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NASA invented sunglasses??
well, it actually was the chinese of course - but NASA perfected them

 
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:25 PM   #17
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Something is a miss there.
Actually, it's his wife, so I think she's a Mrs there.

Oh wait, you mean "amiss".

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Old 07-20-2009, 10:17 PM   #18
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Understandable, we've had people in space off and on her entire life. We went to the moon before she was born and haven't done anything exciting since. NASA has been working on the spacestation twice as long as Apollo took, it's in LEO, and not done yet. Bush said we would go back to the moon and that it would take longer than the Gemini and Apollo programs combined. I worked on ISS and it's boring!

I find the civilian programs: SpaceX, Orbital Sciences, etc. exciting. And I curse the senators that killed the Delta Clipper program!
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:50 PM   #19
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I was five, and I remember it like yesterday. My dad and I watched it, and for some reason my five siblings and my mother weren't there. But once my dad told me that there was a spaceship with our astronauts landing on the moon I was glued to that TV. It was awesome.



It's one of those events where you always remember where you were when it happened, like when Reagan got shot I was in study hall in high school, I was working at a jobsite during 9/11, and I was in our living room with my dad during the moon landing. If it falls into the category of "you always remember where you were", then it's a huge event.
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:05 AM   #20
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Man walking on the moon is quite simply THE crowning achievement of our species. Since the early prototypes of humans, we've looked up at the moon with wonder, even reaching out, trying to touch it with our hands; like infants trying to touch a toy they cannot reach. For roughly 2 million years it was an impossible dream. While man created civilization, built & destroyed cities, nations, even created & destroyed gods; the moon was always there, always out of reach, an everpresent reminder that some things are impossible. Until that day in 1969 when man did the impossible & walked on the moon. Landing on another world. Lives were lost, billions spent, and the work of centuries went into it; nothing can compare to the level & scope of such an incredible achievement. Now I hope to see man walk on Mars in my lifetime. Regards, GF.

 
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