Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Fly me to the moon

On July 20, 1969, man walked on the moon for the first time, and the world was watching. Now, 40 years later, many of you remember staring at the TV and experiencing that great moment. You shared your fond memories and historical insights in honor of Apollo 11's 40th anniversary.

 

Bob Van Keuren staked out his seat hours ahead of time to watching the moon landing on TV. He was stationed at a Navy training center at the time, and he wanted to make sure he had a good view in their TV room. Van Keuren remembers thinking that this was by far the most important historical event he would ever witness, and he still feels that way.

 

"When they don't remember the United States, they'll still remember when that happened, even if it's lost in legend," he said.

 

Van Keuren also says it was the most excited he ever saw quintessential anchorman Walter Cronkite, who recently died at age 92.

 

And Bill Burkett was just 10 years old when he watched the landing on a tiny black-and-white TV with his family. Even at that age, he was struck by what he saw as an incredible contrast in technological innovation. There man was, walking on the moon, and yet he was watching the event on an old television with a tiny, black-and-white screen and rabbit ears.

 

"It just seems like such old technology, and then here on TV were men walking on the moon," he said. "The contrast was kind of amazing to me. My grandparents' house was old, and very old-fashioned, and what we were watching...wasn't."

 

Other iReporters had once-in-a-lifetime memories and stories as well. kidatheart2 got to attend the launch of Apollo 11, and plettdoctor remembers standing in the streets of Brakpan, South Africa, listening to a transistor radio while his dad filmed the moon with an 8 mm camera.

 

Do you remember watching Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon? Did you dream of becoming an astronaut? Share your memories of Apollo 11 and your thoughts on future space exploration.

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July 21, 2009
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Take me away! Up Up in away to the moon and let me do the badest moon-walk a live. Video it back to my families and let them see this old lady in real slow running. I remember Neil Armstrong's stepping off the moon.I have always dream of becoming a astronaut one day. Apollo 11 have made many people' dream a real sucessful to the knowledge of leadership. This is a Lifetime memories I will never forget in History. I first own my TV set we watch the 1st on the moon. So you can guess my age. It no Ssecert? I am very old and still yound at heart. Take Apollo 11 next time, I am not afriad of anything. Be Bless

 

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