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Excelsior, Neil, The Citizen Of The Universe

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  Russian cites   are full of   very detailed and very scientific- looking narratives proving   that   US never reached the moon.   I was always very puzzled about it.   I never could understand    the driving force of such malice: they denied   Neil Armstrong his "star hour'    just because he was an American. The very idea that it was not   just an   American but the Earth Human who   first stepped on the Moon somehow   did not penetrate their puny   brains.

I am glad that Armstrong never addressed it.   That would be   too much credit to those idiots, too much attention to them. He   made his step for all Humanity, even for them and that was quite enough. There is    his track out there, somewhere in space, and we can imagine that   maybe some aliens   far away would be able to see that   footstep and   convene a conference   on the topic   "Who walked on the Moon and where did ho go?' Won't that be lovely?

Neil was an honorable man. Honorable people   achieve greatness but   do not give a damn about it. Honorable people know who they are. They do not need   drums, records, interviews and parades. I guess, there, in the afterlife   Neil   will find himself   out there, in   Space again, in the company of Jouri Gagarin, the first man ever in Space and they both   will look at us from   there and " wink through the   light of the stars.   Immortality   can   be achieved apparently by not    thinking about it but doing   your duty the best way you can.

But there is another aspect here, the one I feel has to be mentioned: I saw the cycle of that  engine and   know how it worked. That engine, the one that powered the Saturn   Vehicle was the one that   lifted the    Apollo 11   on its way to the Moon. At that moment   Tsiolkovsky's   prophecy   finalized itself, " Earth is the cradle of Humanity but you cannot live   in the cradle all your life'.

Jouri Gagarin said   at the moment of his liftoff, " Poechali ( Let's go)'.

I dare to   presume that   Neil Armstrong    maybe did   not say but thought:

EXCELSIOR!

It was the Star Hour of Humanity. Neil Armstrong did it.   He   did it for all of us, creatures, great and small.   I wonder if we can handle the responsibility.

 

The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.


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