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Monday, July 20, 2009
40 Years Ago Today, America Walked on the Moon
July 20th, 1969. I was thirteen years old, sitting on the living room floor of my Uncle Duke's house "down the shore" in Long Branch, New Jersey. My family and I were watching live black & white images from the Moon. Yes - America was walking on the Moon! We were mesmerized - the event was unbelievable. I will never forget that day. I was so proud to be an American.
I grabbed this article out of AmericanCatholic.org (CNS);
VATICAN CITY (CNS)—"Honor, greetings and blessings to you, conquerors of the moon, pale lamp of our nights and our dreams," Pope Paul VI said in a message to the three Apollo 11 astronauts who had just landed on the moon.
The night of July 20-21, 1969, Pope Paul had spent time looking at the moon through the telescope of the Vatican Observatory at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. Then he watched the actual landing and the first moon walk on television.
But his message to the U.S. astronauts and a congratulatory telegram to then-President Richard Nixon represent only a tiny portion of what Pope Paul had to say about the expedition months before the July 16 launch and months after the July 24 return to earth.
Marking the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the moon, Vatican Radio published its collection of Pope Paul's audience and Angelus talks about the mission, his reflections on the day of the landing, and the text of his speech to astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, whom he met at the Vatican Oct. 16, 1969.
Pope Paul told Armstrong that he was right on the mark in describing the mission as "one giant leap for mankind."
read more HERE
* Image of the Earth from ApolloArchive.com