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The Eagle Landed Fifty Years Ago

Everyone has a favorite government program. If a man won’t admit that he does, he’s either lying or he’s dead. For me, it’s the National Park Service. While I question the need for the operation per se, at least their domain is of mountains and forests. The Post Office, bad press aside, always seemed to me to get the job done. And, then there’s the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. At full throttle, the old Space Shuttle (with launch vehicle) was pushing around 700 MILLION horsepower. That’s 2,800 times the juice of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and 1,000,000 times the raw ability of an “overpowered” muscle car. That’s just cool stuff.
The Saturn V Rockets produced similarly staggering dyno readings. Those were the monsters that hurled the Apollo capsules towards the Moon. It was fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, that Neil Armstrong became the first man in history to set foot on the lunar surface. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Indeed.