Reflections on the Moon Landings

A few weeks ago we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. I was 13 then, and I was in front of the television. Since I was in Germany, it was in the middle of the night. I remember the awe and the fascination about what was happening.

40 years have now gone by. 70 percent of all people alive today were not alive when the first moon landing occurred. Of those that were alive, let’s say those that were younger than 8 probably didn’t care much and while they were there, they didn’t have the same experience  that I did. That’s another 10 percent.

So a full 80 percent of the world’s population did not have the experience of sitting in front of the television that day, watching those grainy pictures from very far away. To them, this is the distant past, sort of like the Nazi regime is to me, even though it only happened a dozen years before I was born.

And so goes the circle of life.

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