Apollo 11

In July 1969 NASA’s Apollo 11 reached Earth’s moon. During this mission Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon, a first for humanity.


NASA. Apollo 11 Mission Overview

Wikipedia. Apollo 11

I was born a few years after this, around the time of Apollo 14. I grew up secure in the knowledge that America had a strong space program with rockets and shuttles and astronauts doing really cool things. The pictures, video, and everything about the moon landing was iconic, a source of national pride and an inspiration for things to come. I wanted to go up on the space shuttle. As I write this, I’m wearing my Space Geek NASA tee shirt. As soon as I finish writing, I’ll go ask the Space Hipsters over on facebook to comment here. I love this stuff. I love that humans walked on the moon. I hope soon we will again.


What memories do you have of this event? How did other people in your life react to the news?


The End of the Apollo Missions

In 1970 NASA announced that several Apollo missions would be cancelled. The remaining missions were renumbered 14 through 17.


History.NASA.gov. SP-4223 

Although I do not have a personal memory of this, the end of the Apollo missions is the ideal example of an event where people’s emotional reactions have been lost or misunderstood. I always imagined that all of humanity gasped a collective “No! This can’t be the end!” when the announcement was made. However, talking to people who remember that time, I learned that most of the public was disenchanted with the space program, and generally didn’t care.


What memories do you have of this announcement? How did you and the people in your life feel upon hearing it?

Apollo One

On January 27, 1967, a fire swept through the command module during a preflight test of Apollo 204 , killing astronauts Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee. In the spring of 1967, NASA announced that the mission originally scheduled for Grissom, White and Chaffee would be known as Apollo 1.


NASA.gov Mission Pages. Apollo 1

Wikipedia. Apollo 1

This happened a few years before I was born, so I have no personal memories to share. However, as the Apollo missions are dear to my heart as a reader and writer of Science Fiction, and in particular stories about the moon, I wanted this to be the first post in the EMOH project.

Fifty-one years ago today, we remember Gus, Ed, Roger and the contributions they made to the space program and America’s first baby steps to leave the planet and explore our solar system and beyond.

Ad astra per aspera.



What memories do you have of this event? How did you and the people in your life feel upon learning about it?