Natural catastrophes, earth quakes, war events and so on are the main topics on the news even during summer. We can call ourselves lucky if nice events such as royal marriages and births are not overshadowed by such events. Only seldem can we experiene positive and inspiring moments, that will be historical.
One of these rare moments of glory that inspired a whole generation was when Apollo 11 landed on the moon 50 years ago (more on that on wikipedia). Today 50 years ago the first man walked on the moon and Neill Armstron said “one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” My husband, 5 years old then, watched this early in the morning with his dad. He was so impressed that he later studies aerospace engineering. But until he was finished flying to the moon was not in fashion anymore and he had to look for something different as a job, but the fascination for the moon stayed.
And now we watch the old recordings with our children, not in order to inspire them for aerospacial engineering, no, but to show them the wonderful sides of history and to show them which technical progress happened during their parents’ lifetime. Hopefully this will prepare them for the technical progress that can be expected during their lifetime, and in order to make them understand the newly awakend interest in flying to the moon again.
As a hommage to this moment of glory I embroidered shirts with the wonderful blue planet design by EmbroiderLibrary, to which I added the words with a font of my Janome. My husband got a black polo shirt and my daughter had this darkblue shirt with a glow-in-the-dark plot with an astronaut on the moon on front which now also has the blue planet on the back.
What about you? What experiences do you have with Apollo 11 and the man on the moon?