Forty five years on

Archive: Apollo 11 Sees Earthrise (NASA, Marsh...
Archive: Apollo 11 Sees Earthrise (NASA, Marshall, 07/69) (Photo credit: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center)

I’m a day late here, but the sheer brilliance of the achievement of Apollo 11 means I have to write of it.

I was just three, but I remember the day well, watching the black and white images on the TV in the corner of the room in Donegal – where we were on holiday.

Apollo 11 has shaped my life in a very real way – a lifelong love of science.

The epitome of the modern

This image – of Buzz Aldrin (though you can see Neil Armstrong reflected in his vizor) – just screams ‘modernity’ at you. Yet it is 43 years old. That surely is a testimony to the scale of the achievement that the Apollo programme represents?

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon
Buzz Aldrin on the Moon