The Eagle landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong put his foot on the Moon. It was 10:56 P.M. in the eastern United States. Yet many kids stayed up late to watch on TV.
About 600 million people saw the Moon landing. They watched from Asia. They tuned in from Africa. Even those in Alaska got to see on TV.
President Richard Nixon called the astronauts. He said: “For one priceless moment in the history of man, all the people on this Earth are truly one.”
That moment was now 50 years ago. Yet those who were there won’t forget. News-O-Matic asked some people about it.
Maria Zuber had just turned 11 years old. “I was with my parents in Pennsylvania,” she said. “I got to stay up late,” Zuber added. “It made me feel like you could go to the Moon if you worked hard. I thought there wasn’t any reason that I couldn’t explore space.” Zuber is now a scientist. “I’ve sent experiments to planets,” she said, “including the Moon.”
Maribeth Shannon was 12 years old. “So I remember being in the family room of my house in Chicago with all of my siblings and a bunch of our friends,” she said. “And then a friend and I left and started walking down the street. And that’s where I saw the blue glow of all the televisions of all of my neighbors,” she added. “Everybody was watching!”
Marianne McElroy watched from Maine. She was 14 years old. “John Kennedy had said we’re going to do it by the end of the decade. And we made it by the end of the decade! You just felt proud to be an American. Because you felt like we could set goals and we were able to do them. We worked as a country together!”
“I graduated high school in the spring of 1969,” remembered Susan Nichols. “And in the summer I was a camp counselor at a sleepaway camp in upstate New York. On that evening of the moonwalk, a television was brought into the recreation center. And the whole camp watched together. This was the very first time there was ever a TV in camp!”
Maria Zuber learned a lesson. “Everyone should dare to dream.”
Updated July 19, 2019, 5:01 P.M. (ET)
By Russell Kahn (Russ)
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