When the Curves Lined Up


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Today (July 20) is another anniversary of the first human footprint on another world. Today, 43 years ago, two humans walked on the moon’s surface. There’s nothing in the popular media today about commemorating the event. There are other, more “newsworthy” events today. Nothing on the president’s schedule to celebrate the historic events of the day

From earlier this year there is an interview with the first moonwalker, Neil Armstrong, on the CPA Australia web site.  The NASA website honors the epic journeys of Apollo.

The title of this blog is from Rocket Men about Apollo 11.  Here is the background:

In the final chapter of this book tracing the background of Apollo 11, Nelson recalls a conversation with Gerry Griffin, a NASA Flight Director. A group of NASA employees went to Caltech, where the first moonwalker, Neil Armstrong, “got up at the blackboard and he drew four curves. They look kind of like mountain peaks.” The titles of the peaks were “Leadership,” “Threat,” “Good Economy”, and “World Peace.” As Griffin recalls, Armstrong said, “My theory is that when all of those curves are in conjunction, when they all line up together, you can do something like Apollo. Apollo, or something like it, will happen. And we happened to be ready for that when all those curves lined up” (p. 348)

Today we honor the astronauts, their families, and the engineers and scientists who made travel to another world possible.

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