On July 20, we commemorate the day humans first walked on the moon, in 1969, as part of the Apollo 11 mission. I was two and a half years old at the time, so I have no recollection of watching the event on TV, but I certainly did watch later Apollo missions, and as a child I was entirely swept up in space mania. (As I’ve mentioned, I wanted to be an astronaut until I saw that astronauts had to get shots before going into space. Riding in a rocket to the vacuum of space? No problem. Injections? Yeah no I think I’ll find a safer profession.) It has been a very long time since humans have been back to the moon, and it’s unclear when it will happen next, but for today, we can celebrate this tremendous historical event.
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