I don’t have a rich collection of mission photos, videos, and artifacts, or the time to find and weave any into my mission timeline, something I knew other folks would be better positioned to accomplish. Ben Feist and team have done precisely that in creating Apollo 11 in Real Time so I’ll also have that open continuously between liftoff on July 14 and splashdown on July 24.
Last night I watched Todd Douglas Miller’s “Apollo 11” documentary on CNN (which released it) and it brought back vivid memories of July fifty years ago. I expect I’ll watch it several more times over the course of the next three weeks — highly recommended.
Happily both July 14th, liftoff day, and July 20th, landing/EVA day, fall on weekends so I expect I’ll set aside time both those days to reconnect with the event that was such a powerful and formative part of my youth. Might also be a good time to build a few space-themed model kits I’ve squirreled away, attend a Splashdown 50 event on the nearby USS Hornet (which recovered the Apollo 11 capsule and crew) or just listen to the official mission mixtape.
If you have a chance to talk to your Dad today I hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity. Miss you Dad, love you always.
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So, the blog idea is reborn with two key tweaks. First, I’m going to lean towards more frequent, shorter posts that complement (and probably extend) my Twitter utterances. Second, it’s part of orangemoose.com where I’ll be more regularly tending a variety of posting efforts including software, web applications, and shared media, and therefore where I can work separately on detailed expositions as articles outside the flow of my blog.
Let’s see if it works…