It still sends chills up my spine.

At 21:56:15 p.m. Eastern Standard on this date 50 years ago, men walked on the moon for the first time.

I was at summer camp. I remember the counselors bringing us into the rec hall, where two black and white TVs were set up. We didn’t appreciate it at the time, even though we were told we would remember this the rest of our lives.

I was 10 years old. I still remember.

Because I was at camp, I didn’t watch the launch:

Or the landing:

Or the moonwalks that would follow:

[Edwin Aldrin walking on the lunar surface. Neil Armstrong, who took the photograph, can be seen reflected in Aldrin’s helmet visor. Photo Credit: NASA]

Or the Welcome Home.

America was great.


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