Monday, July 20, 2009
Remembering the Lunar Landing 40 Years Later
One of the most amazing accomplishments in the history of humanity occurred 40 years ago. On July 20, 1969, two American men, Purdue's own Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, landed on the moon while astronaut Michael Collins orbited above in the command module. It was and still is an awe-inspiring moment to think about.
At the risk of misusing the word, it's somewhat ironic that the man who described this momentous occasion to so many people worldwide died nearly 40 years to the day that the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon. In fact, on July 17, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew was well on its way to the moon having launched a day earlier. On July 17, 2009, we lost Walter Cronkite, who brought this amazing moment into the living rooms of so many around this planet.
So, I am pleased to post this video from NASA Television celebrating the 1969 Lunar Landing through the eyes of Walter Cronkite. Please enjoy!
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