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Saturday, December 14, 2013

America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow.

The only complete visual recording we have of an Apollo lunar ascent--finally got it right on the very last try.

Bonus: Jack throwing his hammer just before leaving the surface; DAC footage of Challenger's ascent.

Thus ended the first era of human footfall on the lunar surface on December 14, 1972.  To get there, we had rockets blow up, Gus' spacecraft sinking, John Glenn's heat shield concerns, the Apollo One fire, Eleven's 1201/1202 computer alarms and landing long, Twelve's lightning strikes and the platform dropping out, Thirteen's explosion and cold trip home, Fourteen's rogue abort signal, etc.  But through all that we got pretty good at traveling to another world.  

We should try that again sometime.


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