What is #Apollo45 and why is it “orbiting” around social media sites? Well, #Apollo45 is a hashtag that was started by the second man to walk the moon, Buzz Aldrin, in honor of the moon landing’s 45th anniversary. What makes the hashtag even more interesting is that most millennials on Twitter, like myself, were not born yet for this historic event on July 20th, 1969, and have only read about it in the history books. It sparks my personal curiosities about the first human lunar landing; the emotions felt by all Americans that day, the aftermath of suspicious and faux hoax theories, and even watching the event televised live on black and white TV. No matter which way you learned about the first man on the moon, this historic event holds a special place in American’s minds and the innate dreamer in all of us.
Buzz Aldrin set up this campaign personally and stated, “I feel we need to remind the world about the Apollo mission and that we can still do impossible things.”
It all started after mission planners at NASA studied the lunar surface for two years and then choose which location on the moon to make the historic landing. Using high-resolution photographs taken by the lunar Orbitor satellite, they chose a flat surface to ultimately land.
Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9:32 am on July 16th, 1969. While in flight on the space ship, the crew made two televised broadcasts. At 4:17PM on July 20th, the lunar module touched down at their location of choice, “The Sea of Tranquility.” Neil Armstrong said the words, “Houston, this is Tranquility Base. The Eagle has landed” as well has his, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”
For the first two hours, Armstrong and Aldrin checked all of the systems and configured the lunar module for stay on the moon, and then decided to take a load off to eat. They then explored the surface for four hours, setting up experiments, collecting soil, and putting up the famous United States flag. After spending a total of 21 and half hours on the moon, they decided to head back home, leaving their mark on history.
Some celebrities are also supporting Aldrin’s #Apollo45 mission, such as Jared Leto, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and Pharrell. All in all, make sure you write on Facebook and tweet on Twitter your personal flashback of the first landing on the moon, so you too can re-live your “eclipse” of a memory. Here are some of our memories from employees at Sharn Enterprises, Inc, from one generation to the other:
“I remember reading about the moon landing in my 7th grade history class. I am upset that I was not alive for the actual landing, but I am excited because the future holds many other historic events like #Apollo45.”
Roger Wandersee, President of Sharn Enterprises, Inc:
“I will never forget that day. I was a young, married man who had just completed his service in the Army and was now back home with my family. On that very day, I had been outside doing chores in the early afternoon, but when the time for the landing got close, my wife and I came back inside and watched it all live on our black and white television. First of all, the thought of us landing on the moon was inconceivable and secondly, the thought of us watching it live on TV from the moon was nothing short of an engineering miracle! The excitement was not over as we waited for the astronauts to get out and walk on the moon. When that finally happened and Armstrong uttered those now famous words, I remember feeling so excited for our future and really believed that we as Americans could accomplish anything we set our minds to. Forty-five years later, I still believe that is true.”
As a proud American manufacturer, we are happy to honor this historic event.
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