Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 64  |  August 11, 2020

Moon Walking

By Lisa Hughes Anderson

Fifty years ago I sat in our family room and along with the world listened as Walter Cronkite gave us play by play after the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle” touched down on the Sea of Tranquility. Man stepped out into space and onto the moon’s surface. Time seemed to stop, and we all took a collective gasp which slowly turned into incredulous smiles. The impossible was now a reality.

Walking out into my neighborhood, I looked up and marveled that if the moon was really that close, what else could we explore? I sent silent well wishes to those adventurers: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins. Standing on a concrete sidewalk, I looked down at my 12-year-old feet and felt a tingle of excitement, as if this mission opened doors not just for man but for women too.

The possibilities of connection didn’t escape me but rather revealed a belief that there is always something out there beyond our grasp that’s worth striving for. Somewhere that hasn’t been revealed yet. Someone who can change your life, but you haven’t met yet. 

Moon Walking Lisa

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Visit to Destination Moon exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute in Seattle

Since July 20, 1969, I have never lost contact with the moon and the stars. In recent years, I’ve sent messages on Instagram to Scott Kelly, Christina Koch, and others. Think about that – my personal supportive words of an astronaut’s photo show up in space for them to read.

Smithsonian Institute has done a magnificent job of melding the past and the present together in their Destination Moon exhibit, which I visited this week at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Rooms filled with recordings of the NASA control room to module communication. Huge screens with actual footage of the launches, landings, and touchdowns. One of my favorites was a recreated family room complete with the moon walk looping over and over again on an old television. There are trajectories, jumpsuits, lunar rovers, Sputnik, stories of the USSR/USA race, profiles in courage, a thruster and hatch recovered from the ocean, a moon rock, and multitudinous photographs that bring it all home. The most awe-inspiring object was the actual command module Columbia in all its bronze color and fire kissed glory. The crew of the Apollo 11 mission was successful in stepping onto the moon and returning home again to grow our appreciation and fascination with all things cosmos.

Moon Walking television

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Recreated family room showing moon landing

When asked about their experience over these 50 years, one thing that seems to be a concurrent recognition by astronauts is that the earth is such a fragile planet, that we as its inhabitants need to work collectively to sustain life. The divisions of countries, states, cities, and neighborhoods are counterproductive to our survival.

We are all one on this planet and if we could just realize how precious life is we would stop running away from the unknown and head toward it in unison. Everyone on the planet experiences the same view looking up at the moon, the planets, the galaxies. We have come so far.

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