Giants Once Walked Amongst Us

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, –and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of –Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

–John McGee

Oh, man. We lost another adventurer who touched the stars:

U.S. astronaut John Young, who walked on the moon in 1972 and even smuggled a corned beef sandwich into orbit during a career that made him the only person to fly with three NASA space programs, has died at age 87, officials said on Saturday.

…The former U.S. Navy test pilot was the ninth person to set foot on the moon, an experience shared by three others after Young. He eventually became one of the most accomplished astronauts in the history of the U.S. space program.

We did great things once. We might do them again someday.

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9 Responses to Giants Once Walked Amongst Us

  1. Another Moon Man gone. So incredibly sad. As a young teen, I watched him and Robert Crippen ride the first shuttle, broadcast live on TV here in Australia… and later, read about his lunar exploits in Andrew Smith’s “Moon Dust”.

    You (America) *does* still have space heroes – Rick Mastracchio comes to mind – and there are others.

    One day, science will be celebrated again.

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  2. Jim says:

    Shame he lived to see the degradation of the space program in the Trump Era. Still we can honor and celebrate his great accomplishments and those of his peers.

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  3. Karla says:

    I haven’t seen them but I hope orlando has the flags at half staff. One of our main roads here is John Young Parkway.

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  4. another kiwi says:

    It is always sad to hear about these guys dying. But to have accomplished such things is some legacy.

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  5. Osirisopto says:

    We need to pass our dreams on to our children, and grandchildren.

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  6. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    We used to believe, as a society, in competence.

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  7. Torontonian says:

    Want to do great things again?
    Elect people who will show great leadership.
    That’s a missing commodity today. In this time
    of cheap knock-offs of goods and an ethic
    that fosters “good-enough-ll-do”, it’s time to
    take drastic measures.
    John Young did so why can’t we?

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  8. RWW says:

    As a living witness to Apollo 11 and beyond, I say this: Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. Please Lord, do not let DJT despoil that historic memory. RIP all our brave astronauts.

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