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    Not a quick trip

    Apollo 11. The launch as it happened. July 16, 1969. One of humans' greatest accomplishments.



    I was a junior in college - watched the entire event on my Sony "tummy tv", from launch to landing to return.

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    "These are extraordinary times, and we face an extraordinary challenge. Our strength, as well as our convictions have imposed upon this Nation the role of leader in freedom's cause...time for this Nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways, may hold the key to our future on Earth. ... I therefore ask the Congress, above and beyond the increases I have earlier requested for space activities, to provide the funds that are needed to meet the following national goals: First, I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth..." -- President Kennedy, May 25th 1961.



    "before this decade is out..." Made it with 5+ months to spare

    I remember watching this with my mom and dad on an old B&W Zenith portable TV. I was a couple weeks from turning 15.
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    Re: Not a quick trip

    Used to be a company called Spacecraft Films that issued the surviving NASA footage for much of the space program. I have their sets for most of the Apollo missions at home. Turn up the surround sound, fire up a launch and make the walls shake....

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    Re: Not a quick trip

    Actually for the distance covered, it was a very quick trip! I doubt any human beings have travelled faster than the lunar astronauts.

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    I was in college (freshman at the Univ. of Tampa) when the Apollo launched. A couple of us rented a station wagon and drove to the cape to see the actual launch. We got there the day before and parked the station wagon on the beach. We all slept in it overnight. Got up the next morning to witness the launch. I vividly remember hearing the sound of those engines approaching then passing us and getting lower in volume. The sound waves were awesome!
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    Re: Not a quick trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    I was in college (freshman at the Univ. of Tampa) when the Apollo launched. A couple of us rented a station wagon and drove to the cape to see the actual launch. We got there the day before and parked the station wagon on the beach. We all slept in it overnight. Got up the next morning to witness the launch. I vividly remember hearing the sound of those engines approaching then passing us and getting lower in volume. The sound waves were awesome!
    Now *that* is quite a memory to have!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Now *that* is quite a memory to have!
    I have more memories. I saved the front page from The NY Times and had it framed, it hangs in my office. I also saved the Life Magazine that covered the landing. Will post some pics later.
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    Interestingly, I had an email from my mother yesterday asking if I remembered that we were camping at the time. (I was 8) I have no recollection at all. so much for memories.
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    Re: Not a quick trip

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post
    I have more memories. I saved the front page from The NY Times and had it framed, it hangs in my office. I also saved the Life Magazine that covered the landing. Will post some pics later.
    Here's some pics of the NY Times and Life Magazine. By the way, Life Magazine costs $0 .40!

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    Re: Not a quick trip

    When I looked through the Life Magazine that I posted above I came across this add by Volkswagen..... pretty clever.

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    Re: Not a quick trip

    More 1969 memories:

    Life Magazine - 40 cents.
    New York Times - 10 cents.
    VW Bug - $1799.
    My teacher salary (in 1970) - $6500.
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    Re: Not a quick trip

    1969: First MGB, first year of college. Watched the landing at my parents' house with my future First Wife. Vivid recollection as the folks and us watched. The TV was a 26" RCA color set.
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