The first era of U.S. manned spaceflight ends, and we are the adults of this nation now. Armstrong and eleven other men visited the Moon, but those of us who were watching, as young as we might have been then, are the space generation.
I always told myself that if I ever had the chance to meet Neil Armstrong I wouldn't request an autograph or ask him any questions about his time in space -- I would just thank him for his service to our country.
Stephen Colbert reflected Beck's genius and self-effacement when, as host of the 2010 Grammy Awards, he told a worldwide audience, "You know the game 'Guitar Hero?' He has the all-time high score -- and he's never played it."
There were several pebbles on top of the headstones of the Apollo 1 crewmembers, and on top of Roger Chaffee's, there was also a coin. At first I thought it was just a quarter, but as I got closer, I recognized it as something else.
As I watched the last mission of Atlantis -- something utterly unimaginable in 1969 -- some of the old feeling came back. But it seemed, with due respect, rather generic, with a cloudy future overhanging it all.
This week, the shuttle program ends and we "celebrate" the anniversary of Apollo, when humans first walked on the moon. Yet, many question if we ever went. Why? Because if we had why aren't we still there and far beyond?
"This business consists of riding bombs. And if you do absolutely everything right, you can marshal the energy to do something astonishing like put yourself into orbit. If you do even a few things wrong, it's going to act like a bomb."