Stamatikos: The Legacy of Apollo 11

July 20, 2019
Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin was photographed during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the moon by mission commander Neil Armstrong. (Photo: NASA)

It has been 50 years since Neil Armstrong made “one giant leap for mankind”, but Apollo 11’s golden anniversary is bittersweet.

On the one hand, we celebrate a tremendous technological achievement that was shared internationally in real-time, well before social media, which resulted in iconic images such as Buzz Aldrin against the expansive “magnificent desolation” of the lunar horizon. To put this in context, we went from the Wright Flyer to landing the “Eagle” at “Tranquility Base” in less than 70 years, as is elegantly juxtaposed on the Ohio State Quarter, with computational capabilities that are dwarfed by modern cell phones!

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