Three American astronauts : It was one of those minutes in American history that the people who were able to watch it for the initial time felt like they were in a science fiction movie. Yet along with televisions cameras on every move, the nation and the globe watched on July 20, 1969 as three American astronauts landed on the moon.
The project had been in the works for years to be sure. You have actually to wonder along with the phenomenal amount of work, expert engineering and the amazing genius that created the rocket ships and everything that would certainly be needed to make the flight possible, if even those in NASA sat in mute wonder and had goosebumps when “Buzz” Aldren was the initial man in history to put his foot on another globe and pronounce those famous words –
“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”
That phrase, which itself was carefully prepared, has actually a lot of wisdom in it. Sure, touching another globe for the initial time in human history was a tremendous accomplishment for America. Yet more than that, it signaled a brand-new era for humankind everywhere. All of a sudden, the moon wasn’t a far away myth, full of mystery and magic. All of a sudden, people everywhere felt like they too could touch the stars if they put out their finest efforts too.
It was additionally a huge moment for the unity of all people. Few things cause the globe population to come with each other and link arms and be one people, not separate countries. Most of the time, it’s a terrible global disaster that makes us all bond together. Yet this time was different. This time is was a moment so phenomenal that everybody stopped and watched and everybody knew that this was not just a great accomplishment for three astronauts and scientists that put them there. This was a great accomplishment for mankind.
American history is populated along with tremendous events, both bad and good. Yet it’s worth a moment to sit back and reflect on what the initial moon landing meant and continues to mean for Americans and the American spirit. You have actually to wonder if any other nation would certainly have actually had the ability, the creative powers, the powerful minds and the collective will to see this kind of amazing accomplishment through to success.
It’s even more amazing when you remember that just a few years earlier, on September 12, 1962 that President Kennedy challenged American to rise to this challenge in a speech at Rice University. It takes a lot to make something as historic and earth shaking as landing on the moon a reality and visionary leadership such as Kennedy showed that day was a big part of why this landing made history.
This amazing achievement points out something outstanding about the American spirit. Americans are a people who dream big. And to land a man on the moon took big dreams. Yet we didn’t just dream to put a man up there, it was not acceptable unless we got everybody estate safely as well.
For the most part the American space program has actually had a phenomenal history of victory in breaking through barriers that nobody had every done before. Yes, there have actually been slowed down and tragedies along the way. Yet Americans are not quitters and through all the struggles we face, we face them together. Yet we never forget to look up at the stars and dream of the day that yet again we see an American set foot on another globe and plant out flag in that soil to be signal forever that America was here!