We Did Big Things Once

This is pretty great: ‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ light show on Washington Monument to mark Apollo 11. The celebration includes projecting an image of the Saturn V rocket on the Washington Monument.

Saturday will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. Once upon a time, folks, we did big things and had big dreams. We might again someday. Just not today.

This entry was posted in Science, Space!. Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to We Did Big Things Once

  1. Folks should also check out https://apolloinrealtime.org for a real- time experience starting either from 1 minute before liftoff, or flight in- progress real time. It’s rather amazing.


  2. moeman says:

    The US will need a woman President named Alice.


  3. ming says:

    I remember watching the launch and landing in real time on a grainy black and white TV. Even my 7-year old brain understood what an amazing accomplishment this was.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Our big dreams fell by the wayside, and our society fell into fundamentalism and bigotry.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. R White says:

    This country’s big ideas have unfortunately become the fever dreams of economic hacks like Milton Friedman whereby we nebbishy ask the inbred wealthy for paltry tithes in order to privatize our fragile institutions where we end up with half-a**ed, band-aid solutions. Long gone are the days of american ingenuity and a can-do spirit.

    Hate to be a pessimist, but as 4B above notes, we’re headed for the downcycle of human progress at the end of empires, which usually means dark ages full of religious fundamentalism.


    • tengrain says:

      R. White – That’s not being a downer, that is a cautionary tale. As you probably have guessed by now, I think that the rise of the theocrats is a greater danger to this democracy than all the “terrorists” combined.




      • retiredeng says:

        I think it’s ironic that the fundamentalists and the terrorists have the same goal: return to the dark ages. But don’t forget who carried the lights in those times…. the Arabs! That’s when Europe’s civilization crashed into chaos and the Arabs flourished.


  6. Steve-O says:

    The days of mankind doing “big things” is over, unless it’s for profit. Even the current NASA programs are all about the commercial enterprise, the for profit, the great capitlist whatever. It was and is a missed opportunity.
    Oddly enough, when this post showed up on my feed, I was watching a documentary about Apollo 11.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Pingback: Washington Monument Celebrates Apollo 11's 50th Anniversary | Patriots and Progressives

Comments are closed.