July 9, 2014 8:53 pm

For those of us who weren’t alive when Apollo 11 landed on the moon…

Photo of Neil Armstrong taking the first step onto the moon. Credit: NASA

The 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon July 20, 1969 is fast approaching, and it seems everyone is talking about where they were when Neil Armstrong took that first, small step.

But, as our Social Media Assistant Sarah Cotten pointed out when we were discussing it, the only people who know what they were doing that day are at least 45 years old. The conversation seems to be ignoring everybody else.

The moment that mankind first set foot upon another world doesn’t belong to any one country, or any one generation. It belongs to all of humanity.

So, we decided we’d ask anyone who is under 45 to tell us their stories, too. Or, as Sarah put it,
“Tell me what it was like, the first time you watched the video in Science Class, or when your parents told you about it, boring you with the same story over and over again. Do you still get chills, when you hear “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”?

Are we being ageist? Perhaps. But if you’re over 45 and you want to share your stories, you can always head over to Apollo45 on YouTube and tell Buzz Aldrin where you were when Apollo 11 landed. Use #apollo45 so they can track it.

However, if you’re under 45 and you want equal time, then head on over to our Tumblr and tell us your story. Sarah will collect the submissions for a blog post we’ll put up right here on the StarTalk Radio blog on July 20th, in honor of Apollo 11. Please mark them “okay to print”.

By the way, if you just don’t want to use Tumblr (or you’re over 45 like me) you can still share your story in the comments below. You don’t have to use your exact age, but let us know if you’re over, or under, 45.

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!

–Jeffrey Simons


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