Den (dewhitton) wrote,

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Armstrong, Aldrin, and the other one

33 years ago, two men walked on the moon. The history books always say July 20th, but here in Australia it was July 21st. I turned 8 years old that day. I got a gravity-assisst Hot Wheels set, and a moon walk on telly. What cool birthday presents!

What really stuck with me was my feelings about The Other One. Michael Collins got as far as the moon but stayed in orbit.

On his own.

I mean, REALLY on his own. When his orbit took him to the far side of the moon he was out of radio contact. I've always wondered what it was like to be that cut off from everything except the rest of the universe.

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