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Archive for August 5th, 2013

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. And whichever version of his famous words broadcast from the moon’s surface as his boot kicked up a bit of lunar dust you heard (live or in a recording), the dream of space exploration seemed close at hand as he looked back at earth from the moon’s surface.

Sadly, Neil Armstrong’s life ended in August of last year. For those of us who watched his historic lunar landing and moon walk in the sixties, the chances of other manned missions to the moon, Mars, or beyond in our lifetime now seem slim. We satisfy our longing for travel amongst the stars by watching science fiction movies, reading science fiction novels, or better yet, writing science fiction stories.

I’ve been hard at work on a science fiction tale about a soldier and his dog stationed on a distant world. I’m hoping the finished story will soon appear in print, but even if it doesn’t, I’m happy to celebrate the possibility of humankind traveling to other planets. And in my own small way, remembering Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts.

So, Happy Birthday, Neil Armstrong – and thanks for inspiring so many of us to reach for the stars.

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