“…and return him safely to the Earth.”

thThe splashdown of Apollo 11 completed the fulfillment of President Kennedy’s promise.  Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins not only returned safely but brought with them a scientific treasure trove from which humanity continues to learn.


The world cheered for Apollo 11.  Humanity can continue to explore the universe.  The people who read this blog can contribute to that effort.  These efforts have many practical benefits.  The uplift and sense of adventure are just as important.

“Contact light.”



“Contact light” was the first phrase spoken on the moon.  Armstrong and Aldrin were test pilots first and always, running the checklist and reporting their status.

July 20, 1969 was the most exciting day of my life.  No day before or since has matched the thrill of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon with Michael Collins orbiting overhead.

Many of you were not yet born on that day.  You have the opportunity to create your own days of excitement by continuing humanity’s drive for exploration.  Mars is within our grasp, all we have to do is reach for it.

Don’t take my word for it. You can see Buzz Aldrin’s call for a mission to Mars here.

You can find photos, videos, and audio of the Apollo missions at the NASA Web site here.