Don’t shoot the moon landing

by Julie Frayn on July 20, 2012 in  Bric-a-brac

I don’t believe in ghosts. Not in any god. Some concepts make no sense to me. But I do choose to believe some things that I can’t prove to be true.

I believe there is life on other planets. For us to think that our little rock in space is the only one that, out of millions of others in the galaxy, contains sentient life is both arrogant and foolhardy.

I believe in love. Not the romantic relationship ‘til death do you part kind. Sounds nice, but it never works out for me. I believe in the general concept of love. Love that can’t be defined by a dictionary. How do you define emotion, when that emotion is different for each person?

43 years ago, on July 20, 1969, men landed on the moon.

Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind. ~ Neil Armstrong

Eclipse of the Moon, 2010 Carolyn Frayn

Eclipse of the Moon, 2010 Carolyn Frayn

There is some debate and controversy over whether it actually happened or if it was staged in some Hollywood back lot. I saw it unfold in black and white at the house of my grade one boyfriend. I wonder what he is up to these days? I wonder if he knew he was my boyfriend….

I don’t remember every detail of the broadcast. There was the scratch of astronaut voices across 238,900 miles of air and space. The ping ping in the background. The grainy image, bouncing space suits, the awe and wonder. I understood that nothing would be the same. Even at six years old, I knew the world was going to change.

From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle; we just decided to go. ~ Tom Hanks

Today is the anniversary of humankind’s first steps on another rock in our immense and glorious galaxy.

Were you there? Do you remember? Do you believe? I do.

 

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Resurrected Writer July 20, 2012 at 8:39 am

That is before my time. So I wasn’t there. Not sure I believe it either LOL. I think it could be faked…just my opinion.

The part about your grade 1 boyfriend made me think of my grade 1 girlfriend! I’m pretty sure she didn’t know she was LOL

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Julie July 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Well, we did walk to and from school holding hands. And he did try to get me to kiss his friend. So that counts, right? :)

Resurrected Writer July 23, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I may have given it away when I ran up and kissed her LOL

Julie July 27, 2012 at 7:42 am

Ha, I hope you got more subtle in your approach. :)

Carolyn July 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

I was with you, glad you remember where we were. I have fuzzy memories when I watch the clips but I’m not sure if they are my memories or replays of memories watching the same clips… I believe.

I do remember than your first grade maybe boyfriend was sweet but his brother liked to leave dead animals on our porch.

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Julie July 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Yes, Ian was good. Colin, not so much. This is one of those memories that I know is my own. I do have some where I wonder if it’s just thinking I remember something I’ve been told over and over. And over. And over…

mj monaghan July 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I remember it well. My grandpa had just passed away not long before that. I was 10 yrs old. I have no doubt it was real based on the engineering feats that have been accomplished in human history.

I also tend to believe that there is life elsewhere.

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Julie July 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I am sure it was real. Why go to all that trouble to fake it? And I believe the Myth Buster boys have proven it. So it must be true. 😀

J Timothy Quirk July 21, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I like Carolyn’s photo of the moon. Nice job!
And yes I believe there must be life on other planets and they’re very disappointed when they visit here :)

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Julie July 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

I bet they are too, Joe! That’s why we don’t see them, they are embarrassed to think this was their vacation destination. Like Ft Lauderdale at spring break. Carolyn is an amazing photographer and artist. She combines them in fabulous ways.

Sean P. Farley July 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I wasn’t yet a glimmer in my mother’s eye! I’m with you on all counts. Well, for the most part. I do believe in lifelong love – not for me, rather a VERY select few who actually find that person they’re meant to be with their entire life. Life on other planets? Absofreakinlutely. We’re not even a speck of a speck of dust in our universe. God? I’m spiritual, just not religious. And for those who think the moon landing was a hoax? Good god (no pun intended!). :)

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Julie July 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

I love that I can remember such a turning point in history. Watching the video brings it all back, fresh as when I was six. And yes, we are a speck of dust on a bigger speck of dust on the top shelf of some alien’s undusted trophy case. :)

joanne August 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Fascinating videos! I believe I was on a trip with my sister and our children at that time and didn’t see replays of the videos until later. I believed implicitly in the authenticity of the moon landing. Now I’m struck with more than a shred of doubt!

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Julie August 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I know many who question it. I just can’t… And now we’re on Mars. Well, a machine is. No sign of Marvin the Martian yet!

Kathi July 20, 2016 at 9:01 am

I was fourteen & hanging with my bestie at her aunt’s house near the beach while we were all glued before the TV. Of course it happened! Why would anyone think it didn’t?? I know actual astrophysicists & rocket scientists! They weren’t all in the some conspiracy of fakery. Jeesh. And NASA is still hopeful of finding life elsewhere than Earth. Way cool.

Kathi

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