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  •  I'm not old enough to remember watching the (13+ / 0-)

    Landing.  I was not yet 4 and this makes me among the first generation to have known what the Earth looked liked from space my entire life.

    If you see the space capsules and the back up landers at the Smithsonian, you would be able to see that they were truely flying by the seat of their pants.  They were taking risks like we've never seen before and may not see again.

    I've been called a couple of time from the university I got my degree from and when asked if I'm working in the field of my degree, I must say no.  And then asked what I am doing, I tell them programming.  I'm then asked how I got into programming.  It was my parents and my parents were influenced by NASA, among other things.  When I tell these kids that their little hand held, credit card sized calculators are more powerful than what got us to the moon, I'm met with unbelief.  They can't comprehend that the engineers had more trust in their slide rules than they did in the computer of the day.

    All of the communication equipment for the lunar landings were designed and built up the road from me.  It upsets me that that is never really talked about any more.  It was a serious accomplishment.  The company is still there and is now known more for its fly by wire guidance systems and satellite communications.

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