Walking on the Moon

Today is the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. My mother was six months pregnant with me at the time. So I suppose I was there – sort of.

At the time, it was the sort of event that changes the history of the world, and I’m sure my parents were very excited about this brave new world they were bringing their firstborn child into.

A lot can change in 40 years, though. After only a few years the fuss died down, everyone decided that the moon was just a boring dead rock and nobody sent any more astonauts there. These days the progress of technology seems to be marked by how many gadgets you have on your mobile phone, how fast you can download something over the internet and making computers ever smaller and ever more powerful.

In the grand scheme of things, I can’t help feeling that these things are hardly milestones. Perhaps I’m just getting old.

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2 comments so far

  1. Dad on

    You are right Sara, we were very excited about you being born into this brave new word. Although you are right about the decline of lunar missions, there have been several later manned lunar landings, less publicised, space travel is still very exciting.
    Good luck with your new website

  2. lachatnoir on

    I think people still get excited by lunar landings but there is such a wealth of news out there now that it doesnt always get top billings. Which is admitedly a pity.


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