'One giant leap'

Astronaut Neil Armstrong took unique adventurous step for all humanity

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No decade in most of our lifetimes presented the highs and lows that the 1960s did. And no point was higher – literally or figuratively – than Neil Armstrong’s first footstep on the moon.

It’s difficult to explain to kids today how big an accomplishment that was. Through the special-effects of Hollywood, today’s youth are used to seeing intergalactic travel. The moon? Please. It’s right there, and there’re no cool aliens to interact with.

But this is real life, and real life can be awfully fragile. Space travel is as dangerous as it gets. Intrepid pioneers have died sometimes during mere launches, trying to be among the chosen few to have “slipped the surly bonds of Earth.” Between us and the moon are some quarter-million miles of desolate, cold, inhospitable space. President Kennedy’s visionary exhortation “of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth” was accomplished by July 1969 without special effects. The peril was unimaginable.

The feat, therefore, is indescribable.

The humble, soft-spoken Armstrong tried to describe it as simply and eloquently as he could: “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

The moon landing on July 20, 1969, was perhaps the first event in history to have been shared by all humanity. It was, indeed, a giant leap for mankind. But the conquest was especially sweet for the United States of America, which came late to the Space Race with the Soviet Union but crossed the lunar finish line first.

It was just the morale boost the bruised American psyche – and the free world – needed.

Man’s first step on the moon, besides being a giant leap, is also a reminder of his infinitesimal place in the universe – and how small that giant leap really is. Andromeda, the nearest spiral galaxy to ours, is 2.5 million light years away. Think about that: Even at the speed of light, it would take 2.5 million years to get there. And consider its size: Andromeda has some 1 trillion stars alone. Our own Milky Way even has as many as 400 billion “suns.”

And there are millions of galaxies.

But as the proverb goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Through talent, training, smarts and demeanor, Neil Armstrong just happened to be the man who began that journey for the rest of us.

The humility and perspective he exhibited in his post-Apollo years, up to his death Saturday at 82, seems to cry out that he was the perfect choice to carry our flag on that first leg of a very long expedition.

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harley_52
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harley_52 08/28/12 - 04:47 pm
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"A scientific paper confirming it...."

....means what, exactly?

There were lots of "scientific papers" confirming anthropogenic global warming.

Look where those got us.

TParty
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TParty 08/28/12 - 05:52 pm
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Global warming is happening,

Global warming is happening, that's no longer in dispute by the scientific community. Reasons behind it is not a solid consensus, but the majority does say people are the cause.

Regardless- confirmed measurements of light traveling faster than the known measurement is a huge break through and change to our existing models. It's the reason the neutrinos made such big news when it was first reported something went faster then fastest known speed.

With that said- there will be papers out there that have been peer reviewed that would stand up to the claim Angie has made.

But there isn't.....

EDIT: Grammar changes!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/28/12 - 05:28 pm
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I have to agree with Riverman

I have to agree with Riverman to the extent that technology for deeper space exploration does not exist; and will not for the foreseeable period of time we need to concern ourselves with today. Not saying it is impossible, just saying that Star Trek type travel is at least hundreds of years away, if possible at all.

Edit: You are talking about a technology curve/jump that is exponentially greater than from man discovering fire to applying that to internal combustion engines.

harley_52
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harley_52 08/28/12 - 05:28 pm
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"Global warming is happening...

...Global warming is happening, that's no longer in dispute by the scientific community. Reasons behind it is not a solid consensus, but the majority do say people are the cause. "

Baloney.

"With that said- there will be papers out there that has been peer reviewed that would stand up to the claim Angie has made. "

I hope these papers are reviewed for grammar as well as science. But you miss the point....

Here it is...

"Peer reviewed papers" published in "scientific journals" mean absolutely nada. The Process, the publications, and (sadly) the scientific community in general has been subverted by the agenda driven ultra left who used, abused, and essentially destroyed that process in the minds of rational people. They lied, they faked, they forged, they destroyed the credibility of the scientific community and it will take decades to recover from the damage.

TParty
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TParty 08/28/12 - 05:46 pm
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"Peer reviewed papers"

"Peer reviewed papers" published in "scientific journals" mean absolutely nada. The Process, the publications, and (sadly) the scientific community in general has been subverted by the agenda driven ultra left who used, abused, and essentially destroyed that process in the minds of rational people."

See- this is where you lose all creditability. We didn't put a man on the moon with liberal bias, and your cell phones, computer and the internet doesn't work with some liberal bias.

Sorry facts do not meet up with your narrative. Maybe it's time you make some adjustments, or maybe let go of everything science has done.

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carcraft 08/28/12 - 09:05 pm
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The Best Study

The Best study is one classic example of what harley_52 is talking about. Millions of Data points analyzed, one author of the study says global warming is occuring (he's from Berkley) the other author says Global warming stopped 10 years ago (She's at Georgia Tech). You say warming I say not, you say potatoe I spell like Qual, I say fast Neutreno you say cesium ho ho ho... OH well to tired to be funny...I am rooting for the Tech person..where is tech fan when we need him?

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Gage Creed 08/28/12 - 09:08 pm
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I have a plan to corner the

I have a plan to corner the market on dilitihum crystals…my associates feel that this is nothing more than a Kobayashi Maru exercise.

Angie H
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Angie H 08/29/12 - 07:42 am
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