Whether fair or unfair, it was, and America repeated that mission five more times. Twelve Americans walked on the surface of the Moon. Later missions included a rover so they rode around the surface of the Moon, conducting scientific experiments. They planted the AMERICAN flag. Not the UN flag or the Canadian flag, or the Russian flag, or the Chinese Flag, or the French flag.
They left fifty years ago today to land on the Moon. We’d been around the Moon, but we hadn’t ever landed.
The spacecraft was crewed by three American heterosexual, non-Muslim, males. Can you imagine that selection process happening today?
Niel Armstrong (Mission Commander)
Edwin Aldrin (LEM Pilot)
Michael Collins (CSM Pilot)
Charles Conrad (Mission Commander)
Alan Bean (LEM Pilot)
Richard Gordon (CSM Pilot)
Apollo 13 (didn’t land)
James Lovell (Mission Commander)
Fred Haise (LEM Pilot)
Jack Swigert (CSM Pilot)
Alan Shepherd (Mission Commander)
Edgar Mitchell (LEM Pilot)
Stuart Roosa (CSM Pilot)
David Scott (Mission Commander)
James Irwin (LEM Pilot)
Alfred Warden (CSM Pilot)
John Young (Mission Commander)
Charles Duke (LEM Pilot)
Eugene Cernan (Mission Commander)
Harrison Schmitt (LEM Pilot/Scientist)
Ronald Evans (CSM Pilot)
While many in my generation venerated singers or sports stars, the men of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights were my heroes. They traveled to the Moon and did heroic things. Difficult things. Life threatening things.
No other nation on Earth has equalled this, though one day somebody might. We abandoned the Moon, but there is a push to return, possibly in 2025, with intentions to remain.