One Giant Leap

I am a couple of weeks late with writing about this historic event, but hey, what’s two weeks between friends? 2019 seems to be the year of 50th-anniversary celebrations. One of the biggest ones this year will surely be the Apollo 11 moon landing. What an incredible achievement, and to think, it was done fifty years ago, before most people on the planet were even born!

As for me, I was just over a year old, my elder sister was three and a half, and my younger sister had not long been born. We were totally oblivious of the giant leap that mankind had made. I wonder now how my parents would have followed history unfolding from 16-19th July. They would have listened to the radio. BBC World Service most likely as Dubai TV wasn’t up and running yet. Or maybe they read about it in the Pakistani daily – Dawn, which was usually available the next day.

I am a huge fan of words and have always been intrigued by cleverly put sentences. Neil Armstrong’s “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” quote has always fascinated me. Did he think up that phrase himself? Did the NASA crew in Houston know that those would be the first words spoken when man set foot on the moon? Were they gobsmacked when they heard them? I would love to know who wrote that. If it was Neil Armstrong himself, then he was one very astute man to sum up such a historic event with such an iconic phrase.

Have you got a story of where you were in July 1969 or your thoughts of the moon landing? We’d love to hear it.

Until next time,

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