Moon SOTW #51

September 13, 2009 | Song of the Week

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This last week I was listening to science Friday on NPR and there was a professor being interviewed about his idea to send astronauts on a one-way mission to mars.  He was talking about how much money we would save if we didn’t have to worry about the trip back home.  He said, “To boldly go where no one has gone before does not require coming home again.”

This got me thinking.  Can you imagine what Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were thinking being the very first people to step foot on the moon.  Outside of educated guesses they had no idea what would come of them when they opened that hatch.

As I searched the web for some audio clips to use for this song, I came across this speech that was revealed in 1999.  It was to be used in the event of a disaster that would maroon the astronauts on the moon.

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.

In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.

original picture from Omar Eduardo

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