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07/20/06
Apollo 11 Landing Anniversary
Filed under: Ramblings, Space
Posted by: Tim @ 6:15 am

Can you believe it’s been nearly 40 years since the first humans landed on the moon?  Today marks the anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in the Sea of Tranquility.  Unfortunately, funding was cut for the Apollo program and in December of 1972, the Apollo 17 mission landed humans on the moon for the last time (Apollo 18, 19, & 20 were canceled).  It’s somewhat sad to me that since 1972, no human has set foot on any other celestial body.  And only 12 people ever landed on the moon (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, & 17; Apollo 13 never made it to the surface).  Imagine the technologies we’ll invent, the science we can do, the jobs we can create, the international cooperation we can foster, the new things we can discover about Earth and the hope and wonder we can pass on to each generation as we become a space-faring race.

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