Shouting from my shed

Get the latest news, updates and happenings via my shed-based newsletter.

 

We choose the Moon


(skip to 1’30” for the good part!)

There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain?
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
” – JFK

Landing on the Moon is man’s greatest ever adventure. Think about it. Think about it. Go outside tonight and look up. Imagine yourself up there, looking down. Imagine! How would you feel? What magnificent desolation!

My own attempt to become an astronaut didn’t go very well. I think I’mm a bit too hyperactive to sit still all the way to the moon. I’mve had to settle for watching the fabulous In the Shadow of the Moon. (I’mve pasted the trailer below).

When I wrote about my fascination with the moon before I said,

“These men are some of the only humans in history to have seen the Earth from space and their perspective makes for powerful viewing. Imagine, imagine, imagine (for imagine is all that we can do) blasting out of the atmosphere! Imagine travelling many times faster than a bullet. Imagine orbiting the Earth. Imagine standing on the moon! WOW. Boldness, courage, positivity, ingenuity and one heck of a big adventure.
After the film finished I crept outside and stared up at the moon. Wow.”

Go outside tonight, 40 years on, and say “wow”.

As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations this week you can “follow” a recreation of the Moon mission in real time here.
And, this being the year of the twit, you can follow the astronauts on Twitter as well.

Read Comments

You might also like

No image found Living Adventurously The Oxford Dictionary defines adventure as an ‘unusual, exciting or daring experience’, and being ‘willing to take risks or to try out new methods, ideas, or experiences’. Would you like to live more adventurously? I know that I certainly would. […]...
No image found How I Write a Book Here’s how I wrote my latest book… Come up with a really good idea. Go do a really cool trip. Write a diary every day. Carry a small diary in your pocket so that you can even write whilst you […]...
No image found Protected: My Midsummer Morning – Media There is no excerpt because this is a protected post....
 

Comments

  1. Makes you realise how small we are, eh?! You’d probably enjoy reading Cosmos by Carl Sagan. A couple of decades old, but an awesome account of the ungraspable enormity and wonder of universe outside Planet Earth. I’m sure you could find a second hand one for 99p on Amazon.

    Reply
  2. Sorry, could not resist:
    http://www.rathergood.com/moon_song

    Reply

 
 

Post a Comment

HTML tags you can use: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

 

Shouting from my shed

Get the latest news, updates and happenings via my shed-based newsletter.

© Copyright 2012 – 2009 Alastair Humphreys. All rights reserved.

Site design by JSummertonBuilt by Steve Perry Creative