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"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
Huntsville, AL, home to NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, is nicknamed "The Rocket City." I was born here a little over a year before Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon. My father was a NASA engineer and my grandmother was an executive secretary to another NASA engineer during the era of the Space Race. The pride of shared accomplishment in sending a man to the moon is held deeply by my family.
This tag, Apollo XI, commemorates that historical event. The design is modelled after the photograph of the full lunar disc taken by the astronauts on their return trip. It is dedicated to everyone who took part in making history and to their children and grandchildren who, like myself, cherish that heritage and seek to preserve it.
I also honor the memory of my father, Arlon R. Moss, who gave over 30 years of his life to the space program at MSFC.
My vision for this tag was born while gazing at a glorious full moon out of my car window during a drive home one night. Imperial Walkers assisted in bringing that vision to life.
Factual summary from NASA webpage:
On July 20, 1969, the human race accomplished its single greatest technological achievement of all time when a human first set foot on another celestial body. Six hours after landing at 4:17 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (with less than 30 seconds of fuel remaining), Neil A. Armstrong took the “Small Step” into our greater future when he stepped off the Lunar Module, named “Eagle,” onto the surface of the Moon, from which he could look up and see Earth in the heavens as no one had done before him.
He was shortly joined by “Buzz” Aldrin, and the two astronauts spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned 46 pounds of lunar rocks. After their historic walks on the Moon, they successfully docked with the Command Module “Columbia,” in which Michael Collins was patiently orbiting the cold but no longer lifeless Moon.
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