I have no life.
So as if it needs to be said, I am a Mercury 7/Gemini/Apollo/1960’s NASA buff. I was just standing out in my yard with groceries in hand staring at the moon like a coyote. I just kept thinking to myself about Apollo 11 and all the other Apollo missions to go to the moon, Apollo 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, you name it. The thought that we ever actually set foot on the moon is one that still continues to boggle my mind. I mean, it’s just mind blowing. Out of every person in the entire history of the world, Neil Armstrong was the very first person to ever set foot on a foreign celestial body, let alone our moon. Buzz Aldrin just the second.
Just think about that.
There are six billion people in our world today. Who knows how many have lived before us. Hundreds, thousands, millions, billions, trillions. Out of all of these people, Neil Armstrong was the first.
He was followed, of course, by:
Buzz Aldrin – Apollo 11
Pete Conrad – Apollo 12
Alan Bean – Apollo 12
Jim Lovell – Apollo 13 [was aborted before reaching the moon due to lack of power in the command module]
Fred Haise – Apollo 13 [was aborted before reaching the moon due to lack of power in the command module. Was later assigned to land on the moon in Apollo 19, but the mission was cancelled]
Alan Shepard – Apollo 14
Edgar Mitchell – Apollo 14
David Scott – Apollo 15
James Irwin – Apollo 15
John Young – Apollo 16
Charlie Duke – Apollo 16
Eugene Cernan – Apollo 17
Harrison Schmitt – Apollo 17
These twelve men have accomplished something that I can only dream about. Being at the top of their game, doing something that only 12 people have done out of every person who has ever lived. It’s something I dream about every night. Out of these lucky 12, only 24 men have ever seen the moon, unless I am unaware of some Russians going to the moon.
Aside from the 12 listed above, the 12 men to actually see the moon up close on a mission were:
Frank Borman – Apollo 8
Jim Lovell – Apollo 8, Apollo 13[Jim is the only person to have been to the moon twice, but never land on it]
Bill Anders – Apollo 8
Tom Stafford – Apollo 10
Michael Collins – Apollo 11
Dick Gordon – Apollo 12[Was scheduled to land on Apollo 18, but the mission was cancelled]
Jack Swigert – Apollo 13
Fred Haise – Apollo 13 [Fred was scheduled to walk on the lunar surface on Apollo 19, but his mission was cancelled]
Stuart Roosa – Apollo 14 [Stu Roosa was a possible candidate for EVA(Extra Vehicular Activity) on the surface of the moon on Apollo 20, but that mission was cancelled]
Al Worden – Apollo 15
Ken Mattingly – Apollo 16[Ken was bumped from Apollo 13 because he was suspected of having the measles. He never caught them, but Jack Swigert took his place.]
Ronald Evans – Apollo 17
Twenty four great men. But sadly, they have been forgotten.
I think I am going to go read on some of this stuff.Currently Listening To:
My Apollo 11 DVD