Saturday, August 25, 2012

"One Small Step . . ."

Neil Armstrong died today, at the age of eighty-two.  

I remember being allowed to stay up to watch Armstrong take that "one small step" from the ladder of the Apollo 11 LEM.  He did it, as he said he did, for all of us.  All of Mankind. 

I can close my eyes even now and see it all again.

We can send robots; we can send triumphs of technology; but nothing - NOTHING - compares with seeing a place with our own eyes, and trawling gloved fingers through the soil of Another Place. 

May we never lose the desire to see what's beyond the next hill.


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