Saturday, August 25, 2012

Moon Set for Neil Armstrong

Moon Set by deanv41
Moon Set, a photo by deanv41 on Flickr.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, died today. He was 82.
Apollo 11 landed on the Lunar surface the evening of July 20th, 1969. Armstrong famously took mankind's first step on the Moon in the early morning hours of July 21st, the apex of the Space Age. I was not yet two years old but I recall the thrill of NASA voyages and the limitless possibilities of Outer Space during my childhood.
We don't really go to the Moon anymore, although Mars is being robotically explored at the moment. We used to fly at supersonic speeds via the Concorde during the Space Age, but that too has ended. Maybe it's now the time to consider Inner Space, the depths of our Oceans, the health of this blue and watery planet Astronauts once gazed back upon in holy wonder.
The video above is crew footage set to Brian Eno's homage to the space mission called Apollo 11: Atmospheres & Soundtracks released near the end of the Space Age in 1983. The songs featured in this section are "Drift," "Silver Morning," and "Deep Blue Day." It captures that transcendent moment when mankind breached the bounds of Earth, opened a door, and with one man's giant step changed the way we looked at the Sky, the Moon, back at ourselves, and forward into the newly possible.
Neil Armstrong 1930 - 2012

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