_________ 50 years since man stepped on the moon! ________ ________________ How will YOU celebrate? ________________ 

Earthrise with moon horizon - Apollo 11 (20 July 1969)

Earthrise with moon horizon – Apollo 11 (20 July 1969)

On July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on the moon. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; with the words “”That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”  Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later.

Today. 20 July 2019 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that amazing event.  You no doubt either recall or have seen the grainy video of the step.  (If not check out the Google search, National Geographic, the History Channel or a cute Google Doodle.)

A great event it was, but something more amazing, awe-inspiring and humbling, was the view of the earth from the moon.  First captured when Apollo 8 was there.  The above is purported to be one from the Apollo 11 mission.  (In any case, there are 1000’s on file at Planetary.org.)

But HOW will you celebrate it?  We have watched NASA and space-related shows for weeks.

Then this came across our screen – A gift from a stranger tucked into a book sets off a chain of random acts of kindness.  Nothing to do with “a step on the moon” you say.  Yup!

But the earthrise (or “small blue marble”) got us to thinking about how small the earth is, and how much smaller we are, and ….

What makes a man great? What he DOES.  A step on the moon.  An act of kindness.  A “pay it forward” moment.

With all the “movements” and “causes” these days, how can anyone help?  EACH of us CAN help.  So we’re going to start (carry on actually, this is already going as you can see from the article) with regular random acts of kindness..  Will you start/carry on the random acts of kindness?  You can reply if you like.  You don’t need to.  If you have a great story to tell and you want to share.  Great.  Just ACT.

Warmest,
Larry & Colleen
2019JL20