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  •  I still cry every time I watch it (2+ / 0-)
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    at the 4 minute mark when they finally pop into view.  As many times as I've seen it, I can't leave the TV when it's on.  

    On the 40th anniversary, you could listen to the NASA recordings in real time (they did it for the moon landing, too) and it was fascinating - you knew in  your head they made it back OK, but hearing them talking, knowing how dire it their situation was... I had it on for days at work, if I could have stayed up all night those few days I would have, it was that interesting.  

    I still have my Apollo 13 scrapbook - I cut out all the newspaper articles and pictures.  That event made me start reading newspapers regularly.  I turned 13 that March, right before the launch.  

    The only updates WE could get were every night at dinner time with Walter Cronkite or Huntley / Brinkley.  They didn't have cable news.  I had to go to school so if they had updates on the morning programs (Today) I didn't get to see them.  

    That scene in the movie where everybody around the world was glued to their TVs as they were approaching the splashdown site - I remember that - the whole world came to a screeching halt while we waited - the school TVs were dragged into many of the classrooms and the students with no TV squashed into the classrooms that had them.  

    I have Lovell's book, "Lost Moon."  When my son made Eagle Scout, Lovell sent him a congrats letter (he does it for all Eagle Scouts), and I was more excited about it than my son was.  

    Sometimes, I wish we had stayed as amazed and excited as we were in 1969 - can't believe that in less than a year after the first man walked on the moon, we were already so lackadaisical about it that we didn't even watch the broadcast by the Apollo 13 crew when they sent it down (before the explosion).  How did we lose our sense of wonder and awe so quickly?

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 04:25:58 PM PDT

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