One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind
It is a real exciting day today, 40 years since man landed on the moon. Even after so many years this remains an amazingly remarkable feat of achievement for humanity. Ever since the beginning of time we must have wondered what the celestial bodies would be like and if one day anyone could get there. And our nearest friend in the sky is the moon, with it’s mystique and all.
The laws that Newton came up with and imagined were put to the test and they were proved to be truly universal, centuries before he could realise their full application!
The fascinating thing about watching the moon landing programs is that most of the mission control crew were really young. When Kennedy announced the moon landings, there were no experts in space exploration whatsoever! Imagine working for NASA at that time as a brand new graduate. And every time they were successful in a mission, they celebrated by smoking cigars. In fact you could see people in mission control smoking away. Unimaginable in today’s era.
Being an engineer myself I know how long it takes some projects to come to fruition on earth. Yet they had less than a decade to send man to the moon. There were several stages in this project, starting from the Mercury Missions where they simply had to get man into orbit after building strong enough rockets to break earth’s gravity and culminating with the Apollo missions, where they gradually got man to orbit moon first.
The space suit itself was a mission to make, the lunar module, the primitive computer control systems, life support system and everything else.
Such a shame that we don’t value the moon landings as much anymore and take them for granted. That’s why I am really excited that there are new missions to the moon coming up, this time I will witness this amazing spectacle in my own lifetime.