'Fly Me to the Moon' in the back yard, 1969

'Fly Me to the Moon' in the back yard, 1969
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I love hearing and reading the anniversary stories about the first landing on the moon in 1969. It takes me back to the first historic event I can remember in much detail.

Not that I thought of it all that accurately. It was something that captured my imagination -- maybe a bit too much (and at a very early age, of course).

My sister and I were allowed to stay up to watch until "The Eagle has landed" and Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.

I was disappointed in the reception on our TV, which was black-and-white anyway. How could the picture be so bad? The moon was right out in the back yard!

But our parents encouraged observation, and my distance vision got much better quickly... I thought. I'd never observed the moon as anything other than glowing white before. Then, during the Apollo 11 mission, I observed markings on it. I know now that they were craters, but I insisted then that I could see the astronauts. After all, I was seeing "new" things on the moon, and they just got there. Who knows?

I can't remember whether we heard the song "Fly Me to the Moon" much that summer -- our parents may have thought it was too grown-up for little ears. But the mood when I think of the news, the exploration and the observation back in '69 definitely fits part of the song:

"Fill my heart with song, and let me sing forever more."

No wonder that was the first song played on the moon's surface.

Wait a minute -- "no wonder" connected with the Apollo moon flights? They were a big part of how I found out about wonder.

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  • Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your memories of that time.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    You're welcome. It was a great early exposure to awe and science together.

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