The Soundless, Reverberating Footstep: Farewell To Neil Armstrong

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When we look up there, we know the gray drear lunar surface still wears his imprint, as real as the imprint on our imaginations.* Some of us may be too young to remember watching the flickering image of a bubble-headed figure clumsily descending a flimsy ladder like a toddler in a snowsuit, that day in July. But Neil Armstrong‘s slightly bouncy passage through moondust is iconic as no action by an Earthling ever was, or will be, ever again. 

Let’s watch.

*Or, urm, not…

Posted by Mrs. Polly on 08/25/12 at 10:02 PM • Permalink

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The Moon landing is one of the most vivid memories of my childhood. My parents let me stay up all night with them to watch it.

The ghostly black-and-white nature of the images just added to the magic of the moment. I could hardly believe it was happening. (My dad reckoned the pics were probably crystal-clear when they got from Moon to Earth, just screwed in the last few hundred miles or so to our TV antenna.)

I’m feeling some of that excitement now with the Mars exploration images we’re seeing.

Of course, in time visits to the Moon became less of a sensation, almost humdrum till Apollo 13.

RIP Neil.

1969-moon landing
2012-attempts to redefine rape
It’s depressing,
We’re regressing.

I’ve been compulsively listening to the Mekons lately- rest in tranquility, moon man.  Sorry about the species being so stupid lately.

Comment by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 08/26/12 at 07:26 AM

So true B^4, so true.  I fell in love with science at a young age, in large part because of things like the space program and watching the moon landings live on TV.  It seems now like it was a time in the US of working together for something greater than ourselves.  Now we have half the country following a party that hates everything about government and spits on the idea that government can help people (except that part of government that makes war and fills the pockets of the well-connected with open ended contracts). 

I know, I know; nostalgia fuzzes the picture.  I recall thinking then that science was the highest calling that could do the most good for the most people.  Now the ‘highest calling’ appears to be engineering financial instruments designed to screw over the largest possible number of the non-well connected for the benefit of a loyalty-free ultrawealthy global ruling class. 

People have told me I’d become more conservative as I aged and did things like get married and buy a home.  How wrong they were; I’ve only gotten more radicalized.

Personally, I prefer the unedited .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

And apparently I suck at embedding links.

@SoaS - my mother-in-law, who I love dearly even though she is a die-hard Republican (and career military wife) - always says that everyone gets more Republican as they get older.  Ermm, not necessarily.  I’m more of a libtard now than I ever was.

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