Imagine this: It is July 16, 1969, and hundreds of thousands of people are camped out near the Kennedy Space Center overnight waiting for the launch of Apollo 11. Hundreds of millions more around the world are glued to their TVs and radios, awaiting the magical moment. It’s a bright sunny morning and Apollo 11 is gleaming on the launch pad as technicians check the million-plus systems that all must work perfectly.
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins wave to the cameras as they depart for the pad, and ascend 365 feet to the top of the Saturn V rocket. The hatch is closed, the astronauts are absorbed in their checklists, mission control is monitoring everything from the health of the astronauts to the rocket systems as well as the weather.
The world awaits…
All systems are GO!
The time is 9:32 AM. The world holds its breath!
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0! Smoke and fire billow from the mighty engines and slowly the rocket rises, then faster and faster. Everyone looks at the sky to follow Apollo as it soars higher until it vanishes in the heavens. All humanity cheers on the launch of Apollo 11 on its historic mission to land Americans on the moon.
In minutes, Apollo 11 reaches earth orbit. Two hours and 44 minutes later, the engines fire to take the spacecraft out of earth orbit and towards the moon, still a quarter of a million miles distant.
The adventure begins. More tomorrow.
Read more about the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the exciting return to the moon by 2024 at www.SaveMannedSpace.com.
Art Harman is the President of the Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration. He was the Legislative Director and foreign policy advisor for Rep. Stockman (R-Texas) in the 113th Congress, and is a veteran policy analyst and grass-roots political expert. His expertise includes foreign relations, border security/amnesty, national security, transportation, foreign broadcasting and NASA/space policy. He has travelled the world and been behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet era, witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, and stood in the footprints of those who sacrificed everything for freedom at Tiananmen Square.
Mr. Harman developed the strategy to kill the 2013 Senate “gang of eight” amnesty bill as violating the Constitution’s Origination Clause, and provided policy advice to the Trump campaign, transition and the White House–including recommending NASA return to the Moon by 2024, which is now official policy. He wrote what became the ‘bible’ for post-Brexit trade relations which was introduced in 2016 by Sen. Mike Lee as S. 3123, the United Kingdom Trade Continuity Act. Harman is a frequent guest on radio shows on key policy issues, and is an expert fine-arts photographer.