July 16th marks the 45th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, (the 20th marks the anniversary of the landing). The sole surviving member of the mission to step onto the moon, Buzz Aldrin, has a request. No, it’s not to dismiss the conspiracy theorists who think he faked it – he’s happy to knock them on their butt.
The hashtag is #Apollo45, and the video is on YouTube, but Aldrin is platform-neutral about where to share. Twitter, Facebook, Google +, Instagram, wherever. He has heard stories of where people were for nearly 45 years, and he believes there’s value in capturing them.
I agree. For one, this marks the last time – in my opinion – there was a foundational shift in civilization. You might think I’m exaggerating. But when else have humans been to places where they haven’t been before – and realistically just *couldn’t go*? To borrow from a science-fiction program, we did the impossible. While it might not have made us mighty, it was quite impossible to go back to looking at the world in the same way.
The number of people who remember both sides of that divide is shrinking. Capturing these stories sooner than later matters, particularly since Buzz’s fellow moon traveler Neil Armstrong passed in 2012.
Do you have a story? Please share. If you don’t? Please take the time to listen and see what it means to have the world look at itself differently.