Tuesday, July 21, 2009

From Kitty Hawk to Tranquility Base

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo11, one little tidbit about the flight hasn't received much mention.

No doubt, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went on the most monumental journey in human history. The first moon landing was an historic event that captured humanity's imagination and is still mind-boggling today.

Of all the things the Apollo 11 crew brought with them to the moon, the one everyone remembers most is the American flag, which they proudly placed on the moon. But there was one more memento left on the moon, which was truly an amazing symbolic gesture.

Armstrong and Aldrin took a strip of fabric and a small piece of wooden strut from the Wright Flyer 1 to the moon. The Wright Flyer 1 was the Wright Brothers first successful powered aircraft. In his book, Look To The Stars, Aldrin would later write, " I think Orville and Wilbur would have been pleased and very proud."

In 66 short years we went from that fateful moment in Kitty Hawk, NC to the Sea of Tranquility on another heavenly body. All mankind is pleased and very proud.

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