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|TEXT - Memories - Apollo 11 landing - Kevin Milani|
Hi, my name is Kevin Milani, professor of chemistry and astronomy at Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, Minnesota. I’d like to relate to you one of my astronomical memories. I’ve been asked over the years what first got me interested in astronomy and space science. I see myself as fortunate as having grown up during the golden years of manned spaceflight during the 1960’s. As a young boy, I became fascinated with spaceflight and followed all of NASA’s missions, culminating of course with the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. I’m not sure I left the house for those 8 days of the mission. I was glued to the television, as coverage on the three major networks was pretty much continuous. My most vivid memory is when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their moonwalk late in the evening of July 20th. My dad and I wanted to capture this incredible feat for posterity, but remember, in 1969 dvr’s, dvd’s and even home vhs didn’t exist! So my dad pulled out his old 35mm rangefinder camera and sat in front of the TV taking pictures of the screen! The photos he took are very poor quality, and of course now you can find the full video of the moon walk online, but every time I pull out those pictures, I am taken back to that summer evening in my parents living room, when my future in science was set.