Where Were You When the Astronauts First Walked on the Moon?

| 7/21/2009 4:55:02 PM

Tags: space, moon landing, question to readers,

Do you remember? I do!

My husband and I were moving from Buffalo, N.Y., to Richland, Wash. Rather than stay in motels, we decided to camp our way across the country. On the night of July 20, we were setup in a campground in Montana, just west of Yellowstone National Park. It was a clear night and the moon was shining through the pines. We lay with our heads on a log, the campfire at our feet and marveled that at that moment there were humans walking around on the luminous orb in the sky. Far out!

Did the walk on the moon affect your life on July 20, 1969?  If so, please post your story in the comments section below.

norman reindl
7/31/2009 10:53:18 AM

I don't remember where I was at the time of the landing. I do remember I was very angry that our tax dollar was being used for such a vain project. In the long run it did nothing to establish U.S. world supremacy or improve national security. Since the program started it has consumed billions of dollars in tax monies, caused the pointless loss of several lives, used valuable energy sources and what little EARTHLY good they claim has resulted from the program has not come close to being worth the cost. It insults the intelligence of the average tax payer when the government maintains that we are beneficiaries of the space program when in reality it is just another vain effort to satisfy mankind's insatiable curiosity. It is still going on and I'm still mad.

ted benson_2
7/24/2009 9:08:00 PM

I wa at the washrack in Basic Training (boot camp) for the US Coast Guard in Alameda, CA, hand-washing uniforms when the PA system announced "Now hear this, now hear this: Man has landed on the moon. Now carry on, carry on." I never did get to see a live broadcast from the moon because they all occurred while I was on active duty. When Apollo 13 was having all of their troubles, I remember thinking that they had volunteered for that, and were well paid, whereas the boys in Vietnam were poorly paid and not volunteers.

noreene bailey-treece
7/24/2009 2:31:54 PM

I was four years old and had never been allowed to watch tv. We walked over to a neighbors who held a dinner party with shrimp and cocktails for the adults. I was pretty disgusted that people would eat ocean bugs. finally the magic hour arrived and the TV flickered on. it was magic, what TV could do, what humans could do. I lived in this magic time. And I stayed awake longer then any of my sisters. That night showed me dreams were not impossible, Thank my father for never telling me that girls cant do that when i told him i wanted to fly fighter jets then become an astronaut.

michael hilliker
7/22/2009 8:02:50 AM

I had just came home from a night of parting. My birthday is July 19th. My mother was up watching the moon landing and we both watched as Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. I don't know if it changed my life, but I still can see neil vividly stepping out of "Eagle".

7/22/2009 5:41:23 AM

I think you mean July 20th. It was my second birthday and though I don't remember it, my parents have shown me all the pictures of my aunts and uncles gathered around the tiny television watching history unfold.

jay kay
7/21/2009 7:40:35 PM

I was in a bomb shelter near the Israeli-Syrian border. The report was the last item on the evening news...after all the more immediate concerns.

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