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    50 years ago yesterday. Fir me, still the most amazing human achievement.

    Anyone old enough to remember it?

    Exciting time to have been growing up what with that and Brian Trubshaw going overhead on his test flights out of Filton.

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    Yes.

    And stayed up until 04:00 watching the "One small step for Man".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Blue Plymouth View Post
    50 years ago yesterday. Fir me, still the most amazing human achievement.

    Anyone old enough to remember it?

    Exciting time to have been growing up what with that and Brian Trubshaw going overhead on his test flights out of Filton.
    Fifty years ago come Saturday for the landing, Sunday for setting foot on the surface. Yesterday was 50 years since takeoff.

    And yes, I remember that day (21 July 1969) well. We went to to the Lake District; on the way back, we encountered a terrible accident on the M6 involving three or four cars, one of which had overturned. The driver was trapped inside bleeding from an artery in his temple. My great aunt, a nurse, laid on the carriageway in pouring rain reaching into the car to put pressure on the artery for nearly an hour until the fire brigade were able to get him out.

    Though I also remember it for the moon landing, as I was really into Apollo

    And don't forget, you can relive it in real time here: Apollo 11 in Real Time

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    I notice R4 are doing a day by day from the actual transcripts/audio. Caught the launch and apart from the patronising voice over its very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post
    Yes.

    And stayed up until 04:00 watching the "One small step for Man".

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    Me too. Followed the whole thing, start to finish.

    Not as gripping as Apollo 13 though, that transfixed the whole damned world.
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    I've been listening to the BBC podcast 13 Minutes to the Moon while out on my morning cycle.

    Basically, it's a breakdown of the 13 minute descent to the surface and the history of the technology that got them there. Includes an episode on the onboard computer - had never heard of core rope memory before, way before my time

    Software written by MIT programmers was woven into core rope memory by female workers in factories. Some programmers nicknamed the finished product LOL memory, for Little Old Lady memory

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    I was 3 months old at the time. Can't say I remember it very well. I do remember the Voyager missions. To see close ups of Pluto four years ago was amazing.
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    I was dragged in front of the TV and forced to watch it. I actually enjoyed it and enjoy remembering it.

    What I object to is the deluge of news about this. Our society has way too much looking back. It needs to look forwards more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrilloPad View Post
    I was dragged in front of the TV and forced to watch it.
    Me too. Even as a kid I knew it was important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockhouse View Post
    Me too. Even as a kid I knew it was important.
    I remember a program that compared 1944 to 1969 to 1994.

    How much progress 44 to 69. And it stayed the same in so many ways 69 to 94.

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