50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

July 20th is the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission.

Moon Landing - Coffee Can - Butternut Coffee - Space Program - Apollo Program - Neil ArmstronOne of my first thoughts when I saw that the anniversary was coming up was this coffee can that my Grandmother gave me.

Moon Landing  – President John F. Kennedy vowed the first man on the Moon would be an American, and that he would be there by 1970. Since that promise, Americans have orbited the Moon, photographed it from a height of 9 miles, analyzed soil samples through un-manned soft-landing on the Moon’s surface and selected landing sites.

Moon Landing - Apollo 11 - Neil Armstrong - Coffee Can - Butternut Coffee - Space ProgramThe can of coffee was put on sale in 1969 between the Apollo 10 and Apollo 11 missions. I have seen a few of these on the internet and have seen them sell anywhere from 15-50 dollars. Not worth too much, but more than the original purchase price 🙂

I have the coffee can sitting in my home office and often will look at it. It brings back a lot of memories.

Full Moon, Sony hand held camera, Zeiss Lens, EclipseI do remember when astronauts were on the moon, but not the Apollo 11 mission. I was a bit too young then. I have a very vivid memory of riding to church services one evening in Ottumwa, Iowa and my parents talking about the astronauts walking on the moon as we looked up in the sky at a bright full moon.

The picture above is one that I took with my little hand held camera. Of course, it does have a nice Zeiss lens so it came out OK.

Did you know that the cameras that were flown to the moon on the Apollo missions had Zeiss lenses? There are 12 cameras with Zeiss lenses that are still on the moon as they left them behind to save weight. However, they did remember to bring the film back 🙂

Frank Andrea Miller - Editorial Cartoon - Frank Miller - Why Man into Space - Moon LandingI also thought about this editorial cartoon today that is about why we went to Space.

This is man’s voyage and instinct … to grope and search and reach for the heights of heaven.

I wonder if we will ever go back to the moon again? China sent a rover to the earth just six years ago and there are a handful of teams competing for a Google prize to send rovers to the moon.

Do you remember when men walked on the moon?




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