Where were you when.......

Author: Mike   Date Posted:18 July 2019 

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It was Monday 21st July 1969 close to 3am in Stoke on Trent in the UK as I watched Niel Armstrong take his first step on the surface of moon.

I was just 8 years old.

The vision on the tiny black and white TV was blurry and the audio crackled away, but I knew history was in the It was Monday 21st July 1969 close to 3am in Stoke on Trent in the UK as I watched Niel Armstrong take his first step on the surface of moon.

I was just 8 years old.

I was 100% fascinated and I can remember the event vividly.

In fact - this is one of those events that will be forever etched into my mind.

How things have changed.....just yesterday I watched a 60 minute moon landing documentary on iView on my mobile phone as I trundled along on a treadmill in the gym. The vision and sound were both 100% perfect - even though the Bluetooth headphones were not connected by wire to my phone.

Here are a number of Moon Facts to ponder, some from the documentary, others from the net....

Moon Facts 

- Only 24 sets of human eyes have ever seen the whole of earth from space 

- Saturn 7, the space ship that took the first Astronauts into space, remains the most powerful space craft of all time

- Upon returning to Earth, Apollo 11 astronauts were quarantined for two weeks in case they had been contaminated with dangerous pathogens.

- President Nixon had a disaster speech ready - just in case

- The mission was so dangerous, the astronauts couldn't get life insurance, so they each autographed hundreds of philatelic "covers," envelopes their friends had postmarked on July 20, 1969, which they knew their families could sell to collectors to fund their kids' college education if they did not return.

- The Apollo 11 team left behind a reflective mirror on the surface of the moon that is still used today. From the surface of the earth scientists project a laser beam and measure the time it takes to return back to earth. By doing so it's now possible to accurately measure the distance from earth to the moon. It's now known that the moon is moving away from the earth at a slow pace of 4cm per year!


So, where were you when this event took place and what are your memories of it?

Can you add any Moon Facts of your own?

Comments (2)

Meals On Wheels !

By: on 18 July 2019
It was my son's 4th birthday on the 20th July, and he and his 6 month old brother were being looked after by their grandparents.
Where was I ?... Being a driver delivering Meals on Wheels in the Brisbane North area.
Every house we went into we would ask "Have they landed yet?" and sneak a quick look at the TV for a few minutes.

MY husband was in the Canteen at Chesney's Caravan factory with all the workers, watching the TV.
The production line had closed down until after the landing.

Lesley Fenney

Top Nosh Meals Response
Your account brings back memories of the days I used to deliver to our Top Nosh customers Lesley. Whenever there was an event on the news I'd catch up with it from home to home! Mike


18 July 2019
there are no photo's of stars in background of any photos of this moon landing

Top Nosh Meals Response
No...not the conspiracy theory Pete!

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