Godspeed Apollo 11

It was 40 years ago today, and the American space program put it all on the line sending three young aviators to land on the moon.

Wow. I don’t think we’d even consider that a risk worth taking now. Somewhere along the line we lost our ability to take risks….and return to the Moon.

I’m lucky to have been alive (barely) during this period, but the space race, for what it was, did make a lasting impression.

And here’s a very cool thing. Over the next few days, you can live (or relive if you’re old enough) through the experience by following the Apollo 11 moonshot through this amazing website: WeChooseTheMoon.org

“This site represents a unique opportunity for viewers to ‘go back in time’ and experience one of mankind’s most amazing achievements,” said Tom Putnam, director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. “From actual mission audio transmissions and archival video to mission factoids and news reels, visitors to WeChooseTheMoon.org will be able to track every step of the Apollo 11 mission, as it happened, 40 years later.

And that’s another really cool thing. You can follow ‘live’ tweets from CapCom, the Eagle lander or the Apollo 11 spacecraft, as they happen(ed).  Simply follow AP11_CAPCOM, AP11_EAGLE, and AP11_SPACECRAFT to (re)live history.