We came in peace for all mankind

The Apollo 11 Mission

Buzz Aldrin-NASAPictured above is one of the most recognizable and fascinating images of this century. Buzz Aldrin stands in a small crater millions of years old amidst a landscape that appears surreal due to the lack of atmosphere. Reflected in the visor are the photographer, Neil Armstrong, and the lunar module, the Eagle. In the low gravity, the astronauts had difficulty orientating themselves straight up and down which explains the tilt of the picture. It’s also interesting to note the well-defined footprints in the soft lunar surface that will exist until a chance meteor erases them.

Unlike the impression one may get from this picture, most heroes don’t stand alone. History tends to remember the person who made the “one small step,” like, Neil Armstrong. But let’s not forget Buzz Aldrin who made the second step; or, Michael Collins who orbited the moon patiently waiting in the command module to bring the others home, and whose own steps were also a “giant leap for mankind.”

Let’s not forget the vision of a leader:

We choose to go to the moon in this decade. Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills. Because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept. One we are unwilling to postpone. And one we intend to win. ~

Or for that matter, let’s not forget the followers, the passionate and patriotic citizens that it took to support such a goal.

And, let’s not forget those who gave their lives, like Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee who died during a fire in a preflight test on the first Apollo Mission.

And lastly, let’s not forget ourselves and our desires to dream and to aspire to even more lofty goals.

Share this story:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

More stories like this one:

Thunder Mountain Trail, Utah. A hoodoo that resembles a statue from Easter Island.

Desolate Highways to Thunder Mountain and Beyond

It has been 20 years since adventurer Mark Loftin has contributed his first story to our website. Your future self will thank you for his insights and wisdom that you can apply right now to your travels. Besides it is a beautiful story about biking Thunder Mountain Trail and exploring the Extraterrestrial Highway.

Rim Trail, Grand Canyon Village, United States

How my teacher helped me live my life

By Cindy Trillo Location: The Grand Canyon I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the second-largest population center in the state. It can be tempting to think your home

If you enjoyed this story, please make a small donation to help us with our cost and keep Scott caffeinated. Or go a little bigger, to fund a School Visit, the Make-A-Book Project or Book Donations. Thanks to everyone that has helped us make dreams come true.